Grantee and County Participation in Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019
California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, EMSA's Employee Engagement Team made blue pinwheels and “potted” them to be displayed in the EMSA main public hallway to honor of those who have experienced child abuse and neglect.
The Chadwick Center took part in hosting Hands Around the Hospital. As a show of solidarity, staff gathered at Rady Children’s Hospital on the morning of April 2nd to create a “human chain.” Participants joined hands to represent the powerful support we pledge to children and families in our community. This also served as visual backdrop to a brief press conference featuring District Attorney Summer Stephan; Charles Wilson, MSSW, Senior Director of the Chadwick Center; Suzanne Starling, MD, Medical Director and Associate Center Director of the Chadwick Center; and an abuse prevention advocate. Below is a link to some of the news clips from the event.
Organizations in Butte County conducted Darkness to Light trainings to help prevent child sexual abuse.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council sponsors the local community event annually 'The Youth and Family Fair.' This event is free for all ages and provides free healthy snacks, entertainment, preschool registration, fun activities for children, such as, free crafts from different community agencies.
The Fresno Council on Child Abuse Prevention promoted #WearBlue4Kids on social media, asking the community to post photos wearing blue to show their commitment to protecting children from abuse and neglect. They also hosted Blue Sunday on April 28th, a day of prayer where churches take time during their services to pray for victims of child abuse.
The Glenn County Child Abuse Prevention Program participates in a variety of child abuse prevention activities, such as disseminating materials for parenting resources and parent education classes, giving out pinwheels and pens at public events, sharing public awareness posts on Facebook, hosting a Community Dinner focused on Child Abuse Prevention and receiving a Proclamation from the Board of Supervisors.
Glenn County also provide outreach and education to schools. They use a short film and class discussion to teach children how to stay safe with bullies and strangers, about good/bad touches, and good/bad secrets. The video is presented to classrooms every other year, alternating between North Glenn County and South Glenn County schools. For K-2 students, the video “What Tadoo” is shown and for grades 3-4 and 4/5 the “Now I Can Tell You My Secret” video is shown. Prior to the in-class presentation, a preview of materials is sent to the principals of each school and out to parents. A parent preview of the video and materials is made available at each school site.
Humboldt County received a Board of Supervisors Proclamation honoring Child Abuse Prevention Month. They also placed announcements on local marquees and hung banners in prominent areas of the county throughout March and April to help raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month and local organizations.
Kings County kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month by opening their own permanent immersive Lisa Project that was three years in the making. The purpose is to raise awareness of the hardships children who have experienced abuse must overcome.
Lake County held an art contest for children enrolled in after school programs. They received 70 submissions of pieces of art from throughout the county. Three winners were chosen and put on 5000 placemats for the Lakeport Taco Bell as part of their recognition. An awards ceremony was held for the children at the beginning of April. Lake County also held the Children's Festival for families in the area.
Madera County held their Second Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference on April 25
and 26, 2019, which included doctors and other leaders in the field presenting about all aspects Child Abuse Prevention.
Mariposa County hosted a Daddy Daughter Dance
to promote the importance of father involvement in children's lives and held a Family Resource Fair in honor of CAP Month. They also hosted a pinwheel garden, a Proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and a Children’s Memorial Flag raising.
Modoc County provided a sexually exploited child training for service providers and local law enforcement including Alturas Police Department, CHP, and Modoc County Sherriff's Office.
In Plumas County, elementary school aged children participated in a coloring contest with a theme of "What Makes You Strong?" and held a 5K run/walk for Child Abuse Prevention to raise awareness for CAP Month. They also hosted a pinwheel garden and a Proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In Shasta County, the Parent Leader Advisory Group (PLAG) and the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPCC) hosted a Pinwheel Garden of Hope Pinwheel Planting Ceremony. Attendees planted more than 100 blue pinwheels in the ground to represent hope and the efforts made for supporting and nurturing families so children can grow up in a safe nurturing environment. They also handed out bags of pinwheels each with a CAP sign to anyone that would like to post them in their front yard to help raise awareness in the community and blue ribbons were hung outside the CAPC, each one representing a child with a substantiated case from the year.
Siskiyou County's CSC hosted a reception on April 4, 2018 to kick off Child Abuse and Prevention Awareness Month. CAPC members conducted a HARM presentation and there was a Darkness to Light training provided to all staff and teachers at Butte Valley Union School District to educate the public. There were also 47 pinwheel gardens planted throughout the county and had a Proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Stanislaus County Child Abuse4 Prevention Council shared calendars with themes and activities for parents and programs based on daily and weekly calendars for CAP Month activities. They are also observed a moment of silence to raise the Memorial Flag on April 26th.
Tehama County hosted a Children’s Fair the First Saturday of the April for members of the community and a member of the CAPC made two 8 ftt tall Pinwheels for CAP Month that were used in the rodeo parade and posted outside the CAPC building.
In Trinity County,the Child Abuse Prevention Council also purchased space in the local
newspaper and advertiser to promote Child Abuse Prevention during April. The April campaign included the creation of a calendar to distribute to all public school children, which contained suggested family-oriented activities, highlights family-centered community events, and provides families with telephone numbers for agencies and services in Trinity County. One activity engages teen youth to hang dark blue ribbons around trees which line the main street of Weaverville, the Trinity County seat.
The main locations of the pinwheels were at the Elementary Schools in each community, or on the main highway so that as many people from the county could see them. On April 21st, the council held their inaugural 5K Walk/Run to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention. There were about 40 participants in the race. The track was marked with blue ribbon and pinwheels, and the event raised money for the council for continued efforts to raise awareness. On April 27, Plumas County participated in
the statewide flag raising event organized by OCAP. Additionally, agencies submitted articles to our local paper on what
child abuse prevention means to them and their partners. These ran throughout the month of April and elementary school aged children participated in a coloring contest with a theme
of "What Makes You Strong?"
This April for Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC), a program of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA), is educating Yolo County about the power of resilience, or the ability to thrive despite adversity.
The Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Resilient
Yolo, and Foster & Kinship Care Education are also hosting two screenings
of the movie RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope in
Woodland and West Sacramento. After the movie, a panel of experts will share
information about community resources and how to promote resilience in
The Yolo CAPC is also accepting resolutions designating
April as Child Abuse Prevention Month from the Yolo Board of Supervisors and
the Cities of Woodland, West Sacramento, and Davis. Yolo County is also
participating in Wear Blue Day.