The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community to take action for children by participating in their ninth annual “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign. The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that all of us have a responsibility in helping to protect children. Communities are invited to participate by displaying blue ribbon trees during April. To have your tree showcased in the blue ribbon tree video, trees must be completed and registered by April 5th.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) along with various community organizations are working together to build a “Blue Ribbon Tree” state. Blue Ribbon Trees will be blossoming throughout Oklahoma communities in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Robyn Sears is a Child Development Specialist with the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Child Study Center and member of the Child Abuse Prevention planning committee.
“My goal is to get 2,017 blue ribbon trees blooming across the state with increased participation by businesses, childcare programs, churches and individuals for April 2017,” said Sears.
To “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree,” select any materials you choose. If using a living tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged.
Decorate the tree with blue ribbons to represent any of the following:
The number of new babies born in your community;
The number of confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in your county;
Something significant to your agency, program or community
(i.e. number of families served by your program/agency);
Or use the ribbons to show general community support for all children
(benefit of this selection – NO counting ribbons).
Mail, fax or e-mail the completed form to: