Blue Bow Campaign at Children’s Home + Aid
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities.
Every year, Children’s Home + Aid partners with social and community service organizations across Illinois to host dozens of events to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention. In an effort to encourage all citizens to support child abuse prevention programs and report suspected cases of abuse, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois. View the official proclamation here.
HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Wear a blue ribbon, host a blue jeans day, become a volunteer… Download our “Get Involved” flyer below to find out all the ways individuals and organizations can contribute to the Blue Bow Campaign or contact Earl Kloppmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are dozens of ways you can help spread awareness during the month of April and beyond. Please see below for useful resources to help you start your own local movement.
- 2017 Blue Bow Information Packet: A helpful how-to guide to getting your own Blue Bow activities started
- Cook County Resources for Parents and Caregivers (coming soon)
- Parenting Tips
- Get Involved Flyer: A hand-out highlighting how individuals and organizations can get involved
- Press Release Template: If you are looking to host a local Blue Bow event, please use this to alert media
- County Proclamation Template
- Blue Bow coloring page
- History of the Blue Bow Campaign (en Español)
- Blue Bow Sunday brochure
YOU’RE INVITED TO THE BLUE BOW CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
Children’s Home + Aid’s Blue Bow Committee invites you to join us and our community partners at Chicago’s historic Fourth Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9 AM. During this annual kick-off event, hundreds of community leaders and supporters will gather to help raise awareness of the effects of child abuse and reconnect to the mission of prevention. View the evite here.
STATEWIDE BLUE BOW EVENTS
Child Abuse Prevention Month activities will be held throughout the state during the month of April. Click here for a full listing of our statewide events including Blue Bow ceremonies.
ABOUT THE BLUE BOW CAMPAIGN
Since 1989, the national Blue Bow Campaign has existed to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention. The Illinois Blue Bow Committee, run by Children’s Home + Aid and a partnership of social and community service organizations, has annually hosted dozens of events throughout the month of April—the nation’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of these events is to bring attention to the enormity of child abuse in Illinois and to educate the public about resources available in our communities to help parents and children prevent abuse. Last year in Illinois (FY16), 29,246 children were reported abused or neglected and 4,577 children were taken into protective custody in Illinois. These cases occurred in 17,206 families. For more information on how prevention can help or to join a parent support group, please visit our Parent’s Care + Share page.
TAKE THE PARENT’S PLEDGE
Take the Parent’s Pledge reaffirming your commitment to the children and families of Illinois.
If you would like a printable (PDF) copy of the Parent’s Pledge to circulate to family and friends, please click here.