National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month - April

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National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month - April

Post by Piper on Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:40 am

What is the Blue Ribbon Campaign?



In the spring of 1989, a Virginia grandmother began the Blue Ribbon Campaign as a tribute to her grandson. The 3-year-old died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend. The Blue Ribbon Campaign is a memorial to children who have been touched by abuse and neglect, and a reminder that everyone has a job to do to prevent the maltreatment of children.

What does the blue ribbon symbolize?

The blue ribbon is a positive symbol of the need to do one’s best when it comes to children and families. Since 1989, thousands of people nationwide wear the blue ribbon during April—National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month—and year round to create awareness of the need to prevent child abuse and neglect.


Why is child abuse prevention so important?

Child abuse can happen in any home, in any neighborhood, within any family. According to statistics form the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reporting agencies nationwide received 2.9 million referrals for child abuse and neglect in 2003, and an estimated 1,500 children died from maltreatment.

Abused and neglected children do poorly in school, are more likely to become teen parents, and abuse alcohol and drugs. They are more likely to become criminals as adults and to suffer chronic health problems. Most children who are abused bear psychological scars—and in some cases, physical scars—forever.



What can I do to help prevent child abuse?

Becoming involved in the Blue Ribbons for Kids campaign is a good place to start. Building positive parenting skills and improving community support for families also are effective ways to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Since 1989, millions of people across the country have participated in the Blue Ribbon Campaign by wearing and distributing blue ribbons and organizing community activities that help keep kids safe and families strong.






http://www.blueribbonsonline.org/index.html


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Post by Piper on Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:41 am

History of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the passage of the first Federal child protection legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), in 1974. While CAPTA has been amended many times over the years, most recently by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, the purpose of the original legislation remains intact. Today, the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the Federal agency charged with supporting States, Tribes, and communities in providing programs and services to protect children and strengthen families.

In the early 1980s, Congress made a further commitment to identifying and implementing solutions to child abuse. Recognizing the alarming rate at which children continued to be abused and neglected and the need for innovative programs to prevent child abuse and assist parents and families affected by maltreatment, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives resolved that the week of June 6-12, 1982, should be designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week. They asked the President to issue a proclamation calling upon Government agencies and the public to observe the week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

The following year, April was proclaimed the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, child abuse and neglect awareness activities have been promoted across the country during April of each year. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Children's Bureau coordinates Child Abuse Prevention Month, providing information and releasing updated national statistics about child abuse and neglect each April.

In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse had its early beginnings as a Virginia grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse. In other communities, special fundraisers are held to support prevention activities and treatment facilities for victims, and candlelight vigils are held as a remembrance. Most recently, the focus has shifted toward a more positive message of celebrating "blue ribbon" individuals, organizations, and communities who have done much to prevent child abuse and neglect.

In Title II of the CAPTA amendments of 1996, the Children's Bureau was charged with identifying a lead agency in each State for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) grants. These grants support the development, operation, and expansion of initiatives to prevent child abuse and neglect, as well as the coordination of resources and activities to strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child maltreatment. CBCAP grantees within each State often take a leadership role in coordinating special events and preparing materials to support Child Abuse Prevention Month. Regardless of their role, CBCAP grantees are required to report annually on their Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.

In 2003, as part of the 20th anniversary of the original Presidential Proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, OCAN recast the National Child Abuse Prevention Initiative as a year-long effort. This initiative was launched at the 14th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, which was devoted to the theme of prevention. A national press conference there was the setting for the release of the publication Emerging Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The expansion of the Child Abuse Prevention Initiative was consistent with priorities of the Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OCAN and Child Welfare Information Gateway (formerly, the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information) partnered with the broader child abuse prevention community to raise awareness of the issue through a variety of tools, resources, activities, and public awareness events. Many of these materials have been made available in print and on the web to related Federal agencies, organizations, and concerned citizens in communities nationwide.

In 2004, there was emerging consensus among national child abuse prevention organizations and related Federal agencies that building public will for child abuse prevention required engaging the public in efforts to strengthen and support families and enhance parenting skills. Building on this national momentum, OCAN shifted the focus of its child abuse prevention resources to incorporate a family strengthening message promoting parenting and community support. Today, the Child Abuse Prevention Initiative is an opportunity for communities across the country to keep children safe, provide the support families need to stay together, and raise children and youth to be happy, secure, and stable adults.


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Post by Piper on Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:42 pm

I've always liked this song released by Natalie Merchant and the 10,000 Maniacs in 1986. The message in this song is loud and clear - family, friends, neighbors, teachers - report any sign of possible abuse of a child, it is your business to get involved. The story of little Dominick being tortured and beaten to death has just crushed my heart this week. If only the neighbors would have called the police when they heard the mother's screams. They said they didn't want to get involved. I'm sure they were aware there were children in the apartment. Maybe this child's life could have been saved.



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Post by TigerMom on Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:02 pm


I remember when this song came out and people were upset cause it was a "taboo subject". I had a friend who was beat constantly by her father but hid it. When this song came out it inspired her to tell someone and I remember watching him get arrested. he served time for it.
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Post by Julie on Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:06 pm

This one is really powerful.


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Post by Piper on Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:11 pm

Great songs that send very powerful messages. TigerMom, I'm glad your friend gained the courage to tell. Julie, I love Martina McBride....all of these videos tell a story. I hope the artists in the industry keep up with the awareness.

The great 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
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Post by pi-girl on Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:21 pm

I have put several videos and memos on my facebook page over the last couple of months with a comment that just says: 'April is child abuse prevention month - this is happening way to often...'

Funny - no one has commented, shared or pressed the "like" button, but when I put other videos - funny or sad - people share and forward those like crazy.

It seems that if people don't do or say anything about it, the problem doesn't really exist, otherwise if they comment or forward it, it makes it real.

...Just seems kind of weird.

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Post by Justice4all on Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:53 pm

Unfortunately, no matter how much people ignore the problem, it does exist and is very real. We usually only hear about the very worse cases of child abuse, but unfortunately there are thousands more that we never hear about. Thanks for posting this and helping spread awareness Piper.
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Post by Piper on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:39 am

No problem, J4A. And you're right about the thousands of children that suffer abuse silently. I could never be a social worker. I've known quite a few wanting to change careers. They say after so many years of seeing abuse and children living in squalor, their hands are tied. They've told me they chose that field to help children, it doesn't pay well and in the end you feel helpless. And it's very disturbing when you are supposed to be able to help these children and the system doesn't work, a judge rules against your recommendations and the parents don't care, they don't want to change. It seems it takes the death of one child to remove the other children from a dangerous environment.

I agree pi-girl, people tend to ignore it as if it doesn't exist.
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Post by pi-girl on Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:18 am

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Post by Piper on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:45 am

Thanks for bumping this up.......I think I'll post a message on my FB page as well.
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Post by Justice4all on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:40 am

Susan Reinhardt: Help prevent child abuse in Asheville

8:36 PM, Apr. 6, 2011

Every baby born deserves a decent childhood, one without abuse or neglect.

With April being Child Abuse Prevention month, some recent heartbreaking cases come to mind.

This year we were torn as details of the story of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old Hickory girl who went missing last fall, finally unfolded, investigators discovering her dismembered body.

The girl had suffered bone and lung cancer, and her smiling, freckled face touched our hearts. Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, was charged with the grisly murder.

We also remember the January case in Swain County involving 16-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn, the baby who, court records show, spent the last day of her life strapped and trapped in a car seat.


Read more: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20110407/COLUMNISTS16/304070008/Reinhardt-Tie-blue-ribbon-April-fight-child-abuse
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Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:46 am


http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/
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