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. 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; many people wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse. Based on Prevent Child Abuse America's (PCAA) Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, some communities distribute pinwheels and coordinate outdoor pinwheel displays representing children affected by abuse or neglect. Regardless of the type of activity, the focus has shifted to a positive message of supporting families and strengthening communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.
At Family Support Services of the Bay Area, we are in the business of helping to build healthy, thriving families, and preventing child abuse.
But you don't have to work for FSSBA to take an active role in preventing child abuse.This April, remember that child abuse is everyone's business. Here are six ways that you can take an active role in making the world a safer place for children:
- Offer to babysit for a single mom: Respite support has been proven to reduce stress, allowing caregivers to recharge and renew their positive energy for the ongoing job of nurturing their children. Giving a single mom the luxury of a night off can have a bigger impact than you know.
- Compliment a tired caregiver at the grocery store: We've all seen the exhausted mom or grandmother, standing in line at the grocery store, trying to be patient while their energetic child wants to play. Tell that caregiver what a great job they are doing! Positive feedback can give them the boost they need to get through the end of a long day.
- Get to know the youth in your neighborhood: When you are friendly with your neighborhood youth, they will know there is someone nearby that they can trust, and you will be building a more healthy community.
- Become a Mentor: Your time and commitment can not only improve the life or a child, but will help to relieve tension in a burdened family. FSSBA's next mentor training is coming soon. Sign up today!
- Don't be afraid to speak up: If you suspect that a child is being abused, yours might be the call that ends the violence. Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD for The Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline. You can call any time day or night, and an expert will be able to help you.
- Support local organizations, like FSSBA, that offer direct service care to families in high-stress situations. Your donation allows us to reach more families, provide much-needed care, and turn families around.