For Release: March 2, 2018 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working with various community organizations 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.
The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community to take action for children by participating in the 10th 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 everyone has 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 Wednesday, April 4.
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.
“The goal is to get 2,018 blue ribbon trees blooming across the state with increased participation by businesses, childcare programs, churches and individuals,” Sears said.
Tree photos will be highlighted in various ways, including the Child Abuse Prevention Month scrapbook, on the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service web page and on various social media sites.
To create a Blue Ribbon Tree, select any materials you choose. If using a live 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 a community.
The number of confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in the county.
Something significant to an agency, program or community
(i.e. number of families served by your program/agency).
Use the ribbons to show general community support for all children.
Mail, fax or e-mail the completed form to: