Light of Hope Ceremony
Friday, March 31, 2023
Please join us on Friday, March 31, 2023 to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a fun, family friendly evening at Wessendorff Park in Richmond complete with a movie, t-shirts, and activities for the whole family.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is. . . Child Abuse Prevention Month
You can get involved by attending Light of Hope, wearing a blue ribbon this month, tying blue ribbons around the trees in your yard, participating in Wear Blue Day, joining us for a Voices For Children Tour to learn more about us and the work that we do or making a donation to support our programs.
The Story of the Blue Ribbon
The blue ribbon is the symbol of child abuse and originates from the story of a little boy who was a victim of child abuse. In spring 1989, Bonnie Finney, a Virginia grandmother received the devastating news that her beloved grandson had died of injuries inflicted by his parents. In an expression of her grief and outrage, she tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van as a way to remember “the bruised and battered body of her grandson” and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. Her simple idea, to wear or display a blue ribbon to show support for child abuse prevention was picked up by grassroots organizations across the country.
The blue ribbon serves as a constant reminder to fight for protection for our children. Please wear a blue ribbon. Put one on your car. Give one to your friends and tell them what it means. You may save a child’s life!
CAFB adheres to a strict Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse Policy in our practices and operations.