SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Greene County Commission will issue a proclamation at the Monday, April 3 court session to designate April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
Child abuse and neglect has been widely identified as an ongoing “Red Flag” issue in the Ozarks since the early 2000s. Several local agencies providing vital services to at-risk children and families will come together during April for the #GoBlueSWMO campaign to promote awareness, initiate dialogue and raise funds.
In addition to the proclamation — which will be received by representatives from CASA, Isabel’s House, the Victim Center and the Child Advocacy Center — the Commission will participate in other campaign activities including planting Pinwheels for Prevention® on the Historic Courthouse lawn and wearing blue for the statewide “Go Blue Day” on April 7.
Online and through a variety of upcoming special events, this year’s #GoBlueSWMO campaign will focus on ways to help our region become more engaged with research and stories that explain how adverse experiences in childhood—across all geographic and socio-economic lines—lead to reduced overall health and productivity in adulthood.
More About National Go Blue Efforts and Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month
In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who died as a result of abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many people wear blue ribbons each April in support of efforts to prevent child abuse. More recently, “in 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. It has come to serve as the physical reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children.”
County’s #GoBlueSWMO participation
9:30 a.m., Greene County Commission
“Pinwheels for Prevention®” Garden Planting
1:30 p.m., Historic Courthouse lawn
Statewide “Go Blue Day”
All day, wear blue raise awareness