Blue Ribbon Campaign

The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia lost her grandson, Michael Dickenson. The three-year-old died at the hands of her daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her car – symbolizing the blue of her grandson’s bruises – and encouraged her community to do the same. Over the past 30 years, the Blue Ribbon Campaign has grown into a nation-wide event, bringing communities together to protect children.

Each April, KIDS Center joins thousands of other prevention organizations in the Blue Ribbon Campaign, for “National Child Abuse Prevention Month.” Even though the nation is seemingly coming to a halt, child abuse prevention continues its steady march onward and we are asking you to join us in the effort!

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Speak Up, Save a Child!

In order to comply with gathering restrictions, all events and trainings have been canceled through April. But the tri-county Blue Ribbon Campaign is still happening! We want to thank all the volunteers, venues, and community partners who were part of these efforts for all the time and energy that went into planning for the month…your efforts were every bit as important this year as they always have been.

You will still find inserts in our local newspapers and you’ll be able to find more information about Blue Ribbon and prevention right here on our website!

• Alerting authorities immediately if you suspect a child is at risk of abuse. Learn more about how to report a suspicion of abuse here.

• Check out our blog and read up on ways you can practice prevention in your home.

• Talking to children about their bodies and what they can do if someone is making them feel uncomfortable.

• Download a month-long calendar of one, simple thing you can do every day to practice prevention. There are two calendars – one for adults who live with children, (i.e. parents and caregivers) and one for adults who don’t but still advocate for kids (i.e. aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents, or concerned citizens).

• Download these activity calendars which outline ways that parents and community partners can participate during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Discover ways to plan and engage with families through events related to the protective factors into Child Abuse Prevention Month activities. Estos calendarios también están disponibles en español para padres y socios de la comunidad.

• Follow KIDS Center on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

• Donating to KIDS Center or to MountainStar.

During stressful times, like this one, the risk for abuse can rise and we want to make sure you have the resources and info to help you through this situation!

2020 Blue Ribbon Newsletter

Deschutes County

Crook County

Jefferson County

En Español

KIDS Corner

Blue Ribbon Partners


The Blue Ribbon Campaign is brought to you through a partnership by KIDS Center and MountainStar.

Our Blue Ribbon Sponsors