Small, positive actions can make a difference in the life of a child. Child Advocates of Fort Bend County has launched a community public awareness campaign in observance of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since the first presidential proclamation in 1985.
CAFB along with other organizations such as Girl Scouts wants to focus on the small positive actions that each of us can take to help raise safe, healthy, resilient children. The light of hope event helps people to visualize the size of the problem and symbolizes giving the light of hope to a child as hundreds of people light their candles simultaneously in Sugar Land Town Center. The candles represent the more than 35 thousand neglected or abused children reported each year in the Houston area.
This year, the CAFB asked Girl Scouts from the area to help create a Blue ribbon quilt. Scouts were asked to decorate a square for their blue ribbon quilt. All the squares were then tied together in Town Center on March 25 to the pre-existing blue ribbon quilt. Rainbow Stars Service Unit from New Territory again contributed squares to the quilt. Some of the troops that participated were 28108 and 28109. The ceremony kicked off April Child Abuse Prevention Month in Sugar Land.
In communities around the country, April is observed as Child Abuse Prevention Month in an effort to raise awareness about abuse, promote nonviolent discipline and good communication between parents and children, and inform families about community resources such as CAFB. In the process of making the quilt squares, leaders were given the opportunity to talk to the girl scouts about this sensitive issue.