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In Honor of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month

(Bend, OR – March 20, 2017) – KIDS Center (Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service Center) and MountainStar Family Relief Nursery will kick off the Blue Ribbon Campaign on April 1, 2017. The Blue Ribbon Campaign coincides with April’s “National Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in 1989 as one woman’s tribute to her grandson when she tied a blue ribbon on her car antenna to symbolize his bruises, after he died at the hands of his mother’s abusive partner. This campaign was brought to Central Oregon in 1997 to raise awareness of the epidemic of child abuse in our community.  In addition to awareness, the Blue Ribbon Campaign also focuses on educating individuals and groups on how to better protect children in their lives, as well as our community from child abuse.

Almost 50,000 blue ribbons along with educational materials and posters will be distributed throughout the community in April.  People are encouraged to wear a blue ribbon to show support for the awareness and prevention of child abuse.

Inside The Bulletin on Wednesday, March 29, readers will find a Blue Ribbon newsletter, a calendar of Blue Ribbon events and a wearable blue ribbon. There will also be several Blue Ribbon Trees decorated around Central Oregon.

As part of our 2017 Blue Ribbon Campaign, we are asking adults to “Speak Up and Save a Child.”  It is a call for the adult community to take an active role in protecting the children of Central Oregon.  By simply taking a child abuse prevention training, adults raise awareness of child abuse in our community and create a safer environment for all children.

KIDS Center and MountainStar have the honor to award six community partners for their outstanding commitment to preventing child abuse in Central Oregon, as our 2017 Prevention Partners of the Year!  Each has dedicated valuable resources and time to learn how to better protect children, as well as provide concrete support for families in crisis.  The following organizations have been selected:  Struble Orthodontics, Westside Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Larson Learning Center, Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition, and Madras Safeway.  Congratulations for your outstanding work in preventing child abuse!

A number of special events are scheduled for the month of April and are outlined below.  For more information about the Blue Ribbon Campaign, child abuse prevention and other events in April, visit kidscenter.org or mtstar.org/april.

Blue Ribbon Sponsors: Bend Broadband, Bend Garbage & Recycling, East Bend Dental, Selco Community Credit Union

April Community Events 2017


After Hours Open House

April 6, Thursday, 5:30-7pm- 430 NW 4th St. Prineville

Come by MountarStar Prineville for an After Hours Open House.  You can explore our therapeutic classroom, hear about MountainStar’s efforts on behalf of local families and learn how you can help!


Free Movie Event

April 8, 9am The Pine Theater Prineville

Movie: Sing

Children and their caregivers are invited to this free movie event hosted by For The Children: Crook County’s child abuse prevention team.  Attendees will receive information on local child abuse prevention resources and tools.  Please call 541-788-5556 for more information.


Coffee Cuppers

April 14, Friday, 7:30-8:30am- 122 NE 10th St. Madras

Stop by MountainStar for Coffee Cuppers to take a short tour of our therapeutic classroom, hear about MountainStar’s efforts on behalf of local families, and learn how you can help.


Let’s Talk About It

April 18, Tuesday (English and Spanish) 5-5:30pm dinner, 5:30-7:30pm training- MountainStar Bend

During this training, participants learn what is developmentally appropriate sexual behavior in children 2-7 years old.  Adults learn how to start the conversation about sexual abuse, body safety and how to appropriately respond to sexual behaviors in children.

Food and childcare provided.  MUST RSVP by April 10.  Please call 541-306-6062 to sign up.


Spark! Kindling A Community Conversation in Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 20th at the Riverhouse

Come join in the conversation to examine challenges families face and the resulting impact for our community.  Community members are invited to dig into this conversation and explore solutions for strengthening families and building healthier communities.  Coordinated by United Way.

Limited spots available.  Sign up at mtstar.org/april


Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®

Adults receive tools for recognizing the signs of sexual abuse and responding to suspicions. They also learn simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and in our community. More than 10,000 adults have been trained in Central Oregon over the last 11 years. Sign up at kidscenter.org

Bend – Held at KIDS Center

April 11, 10am-1pm, Tuesday (English)

                April 19, 5:30-8:30pm, Tuesday (Spanish)

                April 27, 6-9pm, Thursday (English)

                May 15, 5:30-8:30pm, Monday (English)

Prineville- Held at Crook County Library

                April 10, 3-6pm, Monday (Spanish)

                April 25, 4-7pm, Tuesday (English)

Madras- Held at Jefferson County Health Department

                April 4, 5-8pm, Tuesday (Spanish)

                April 13, 5-8pm, Thursday (English)


“MountainStar 101” Tours

These tours are meant to show community members what it takes to prevent child abuse in Central Oregon.  Come and learn how MountainStar decreases the risk of abuse in families by 70% in just six months, why we focus on babies and toddlers, and how you can help!  Sign up for a tour or to donate, visit mtstar.org.

Bend- April 12, Wednesday 8-9:15am

Bend- April 18, Tuesday 4-5:15pm

Madras- 2nd Wednesday of every month 11:15am-12:15pm

Prineville- 2nd Wednesday of every month 4-5:15pm


Tour of KIDS Center

Spend one hour learning about KIDS Center during our in-depth facility tour. You will have a chance to see it through a child’s eyes and meet some of our wonderful staff who evaluate and interview the children that visit. See some of the therapy practices we use first-hand and understand how we help over 600 children annually.  Sign up at kidscenter.org or contact Joni at KIDS Center 541-306-6063 for more information.

April 20, Thursday 5-6pm

                May 5, Friday 12-1pm


Internet Safety

KIDS Center offers a training to help parents and caregivers become aware of the dangers that exist for children online.  Participants learn tips on how to talk to children about using the Internet safely and steps families can take to better protect children online.  Sign up at kidscenter.org.

Bend -Held at KIDS Center

April 21, 12:30-2:30pm Friday

                May 11, 5-7pm, Thursday