Virtual Light of Hope Ceremony
Friday, April 3, 2020
Please join us on Friday, April 3rd at 11am CST on Facebook for a Special Light of Hope Kickoff for our community! Please join us online and wear blue to represent Child Abuse Prevention Month from home!
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is. . . Child Abuse Prevention Month
In 2020, we are your “go to” resource for safe, family-friendly Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities while social distancing. Our Community Engagement Team will be providing several family activities and virtual events for you and your family to help bring awareness.
“Tuesdays @ 2” will feature Child Advocates of Fort Bend staff sharing online tips and support for all families going through these uncertain times. We will be on Facebook Live to chat and answer your questions.
“Friday Fun Day Activities” will include a “DIY Pinwheel Garden”, virtual coloring contest and Blue Ribbon awareness events that you can host in your neighborhoods (without the crowds).
You can also show your support by wearing blue, creating pinwheels or any other activities and TAGGING us on Facebook and Instagram. Simply post a photo and tag us @cafortbend or @Child Advocates of Fort Bend.
Now more than ever, we need to spread the word about how to report child abuse. With the stress of Coronavirus, heightened family tensions and children out of school, we need neighbors and family members to keep an eye on our children to keep them safe. Social distancing will give us all a chance be creative as we spread Child Abuse Awareness! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for ideas and inspiration!
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!