Blue Ribbon Awareness Campaign

Each year in April, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to announce National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This month and throughout the year, It’s Our Little Secret encourages individuals and our communities to play a role in making our world a better place for all children and families.

By ensuring parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources to care for their children, we can promote children’s social and emotional well-being and help prevent child abuse and neglect within families and communities. Please join us and our Blue Ribbon Campaign to celebrate our children and learn ways to keep them safe and our families strong!

The Blue Ribbon is the international sign of child abuse prevention. Learn about ways you can get involved and help put an end to child abuse.

This April, join us in helping keep kids safe!

Some ideas for April Awareness are:

  • A penny Drive with the donations going to support the children currently in foster care. (ONE SCHOOL LAST YEAR RAISED OVER $1500!!!)
  •  Tie blue ribbons around in the community
  • Join in our official Art for Awareness Contest
  • Display April Child Abuse Prevention Poster
  • Make Blue Ribbon Lapel Pins to Hand Out
  • Make your own tie-dye or just blue colored Blue Ribbon for Kids Campaign T-shirts to wear,sell for donations, or hand out for to wear throughout the month of April.
  • Have a family theme movie night sponsoring the Blue Ribbon for Kids / April Awareness Campaign

For more information, please email Erika Martinez at



Community & Family Resources

We have provided useful tools and ideas to help keep our families strong and bring awareness to our communities about the signs and effects of child abuse. Please use the information provided to help you promote the Blue Ribbon campaign and be the change we all need.


2014 Blue Ribbon Community Awareness
The information below is provided to help local communities join in the effort to raise awareness about child abuse and help protect our children right here at home.


Additional Family Resources from HHS Child Welfare Department (Spanish Language)

2014 Blue Ribbon Family Guide
The information below has been provided to help families discover fun ways to promote awareness and spend quality time together, making a difference in their own families.

Additional Family Resources from HHS Child Welfare Department (Spanish Language)

2014 Blue Ribbon Children’s Participation Guide
The information below contains some exciting program details for children to help raise awareness and make a difference for their peers.








Scroll down to see some of past program partners.

Blue Ribbon for Kids Partners:

Crystal Lake Soccer Federation

Crystal Lake Soccer Federation (CLSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit soccer club consisting of a recreational program, FORCE competitive program, and specialty soccer camps for children. CLSF offers players ages 3 to 23 the opportunity to play soccer at a local, regional, and national level while developing invaluable life skills. Crystal Lake Soccer Federation is the largest soccer club in McHenry County, IL and continues to grow by adding players from all over the McHenry County area. With the focus on player development, the highest level of competition, and caring for each player, CLSF and the FORCE continues to build a program that does our community proud.


McHenry County Community College & The Social Science Club of McHenry County College

MCC provides credit and non-credit educational and training opportunities as well as special events for close to 60,000 participants annually. The college serves the fifth most rapidly growing county in Illinois and offers six associate’s degrees and 17 Associate of Applied Science degrees.


 Girl Scout Troop #312

Girl Scout Troop #828

Mayor Shepley and the City Council of Crystal Lake, IL

Mayor Sager and the City Council of Woodstock, IL

Mayor Sass and the City Council of Huntley, IL  View the Proclamation here!

Mayor Keirna and the City Council of Cary, IL