• “Stand Up for Kids” during Child Abuse Prevention Month

    March 26, 2019
    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to acknowledge the important role that families and communities play in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children. As a child welfare agency, Caritas Family Solutions is encouraging everyone in the community to “Stand Up for Kids” and play a role in making Southern Illinois a safe place for children. There are several ways to participate listed at caritasfamilysolutions.org/bluekids.
    Caritas is partnering with host locations in the community to promote the “Blue Kids Campaign.” This campaign aims to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect as well as efforts to prevent it by distributing and posting “Blue Kids” cards in various locations throughout Southern Illinois. Several Associated Bank and ALL Legence Bank branches throughout Southern Illinois are participating in the campaign as well as other businesses, organizations and schools.
    “Blue Kids” derived from the Blue Ribbon Campaign, and began in 1989 as one woman’s tribute to her grandson. She tied a blue ribbon on her car antenna to symbolize her grandson’s injuries after he died at the hands of his mother’s abusive partner. In addition to creating awareness, the Blue Ribbon Campaign also focuses on educating individuals and groups on how to better protect children in their community from the horrors of child abuse. Similarly, the “Blue Kids” cards symbolize abused and neglected children, and bring attention to this growing problem that takes place in every community.
    Individuals who make a donation to the campaign will receive a “Blue Kid” card on which to sign their name. The cards will then be displayed at the partner locations or the nearest Caritas Family Solutions office. The collective displays will serve as a reminder of all the children impacted by abuse and/or neglect, and how the community can and must make efforts to lessen these numbers.
    Donations collected support efforts by Caritas Family Solutions to reduce abusive behaviors and situations. These efforts include anger management and parenting classes, individual and family counseling, community presentations and other programs to strengthen families and help children find the love and safety they deserve.
    To become a partner in the Blue Kids Campaign, please contact Community Relations Specialist, Carly Jones at 618-213-8746 or carly.jones@caritasfamily.org. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org/bluekids.
    Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide direct services that meet the social and emotional needs of people of all ages. Services include adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, residential treatment for children healing from abuse and/or neglect, multisystemic therapy for at-risk youth, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors. Caritas serves more than 4,500 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.
    Carly Jones