April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; join ‘Hands Around the Courthouse’

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; join ‘Hands Around the Courthouse’


In an effort to create awareness of the need for Child Abuse Prevention, several organizations are partnering to join hands around the courthouse in six counties in Illinois.

“This is an effort to involve private citizens, corporations, law enforcement and foundations in the community with the organizations working with abused and neglected children,” said Carla Klein, Parents Care & Share Coordinator for Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois, Northern Region office.

The courthouse is symbolic of law, order and justice in American society. It stands as a ledge that wrongs will be made right and that everyone has the right of just treatment in American society. The courthouse is a wonderful place to show our solidarity to end child abuse and neglect and to express our desire that all children have the right to grow up in a loving and nurturing environment.

The following northern Illinois counties will have a noon “Hands Around the Courthouse” community event. The public is invited to come out during their lunch break and show their support in the campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect.

DeKalb County Courthouse, April 11, Sycamore

Ogle County Courthouse, April 15, Oregon

Stephenson County Courthouse, April 23, Freeport

Lee County Courthouse, April 24, Dixon

Winnebago County Courthouse, April 25, Rockford

Boone County Courthouse, April 30, Belvidere

Meeting time is 12:15-12:30 p.m. at all locations.

Citizens are asked to wear a blue ribbon pinned to their lapel as a reminder of the bruises and scars that abused children carry forever. Information: 962-1043.

Family Advocate

schedules annual ‘No-Show Ball’

Family Advocate, a local not-for-profit agency providing counseling and support to abused or neglected children, is holding its annual “No-Show Ball” during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In Illinois, more than 100,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are received annually. Public awareness and support are essential to make an impact in the elimination of child abuse and neglect.

Attending the No-Show Ball is a great way for your family to enjoy an evening at home together, and support the fight against child abuse. So, rather than get all dressed up and go to yet another fund-raiser, Family Advocate asks you to plan an activity at home with your family or friends, and dinner will be provided. For every $30 donation, families will receive a set of coupons for: a large single-topping pizza from Pizza Hut, a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, and a quart of frozen custard from Culver’s.

The coupons must be used during the month of April. Proceeds from the No-Show Ball will be used for clinical programs at Family Advocate and for the Crisis Nursery at MotherHouse. Donations can be sent to Family Advocate, 716 N. Church St., Rockford, 61103. Information: 965-5172.

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