2021 PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe KidsOLD

Join us virtually throughout the month of April 2021 for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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About PA Blue Ribbon Champion

Because every child needs a champion.

And YOU could be that champion for a child. That’s the foundation of our PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids movement – empowering and inspiring every Pennsylvanian to become vigilant in protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA), the state leader in child protection, created this award-winning campaign in 2017 to honor individuals who go above and beyond through their work or volunteer activities to nurture and protect children in their communities. PFSA hosts an awards ceremony at the State Capitol each April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, to celebrate these heroes. The prestigious event features youth performances and a moving tribute to the memory of the children we have lost forever to abuse in Pennsylvania.

In addition, PFSA staff and board members, sponsors, and community volunteers plant thousands of blue ribbon flags, and a memorial garden of black flags for the children who died, to symbolize each child harmed by abuse in PA in one year’s time. PFSA invites businesses, organizations, and individual residents to shine blue lights and wear blue ribbons to honor child victims during April. The display along State Street and around the front of the Capitol, and the blue lights and ribbons on buildings and bridges throughout Pennsylvania, offer haunting reminders of the devastating toll of child abuse in the commonwealth.

As well, these symbols remind us that there is much work to be done. Our PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids movement is a call to action to get involved, to strengthen and support families, to watch out for the safety of children in your neighborhood, and to learn how to report child abuse to ChildLine, the state’s 24/7 reporting hotline at 800-932-0313.

Child abuse is a public health crisis. But it is preventable. Each of us must play a role in child protection. Because every child needs a champion.


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