The Kenosha County Turn the Town Blue Committee is again planning a variety of events throughout April, in recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
This annual campaign emphasizes the power of prevention and the importance of raising children in loving and supportive environments.
Preventing child abuse and neglect leads to better childhoods for the community’s youth, and less money spent on services to address the short- and long-term effects of abuse to children, said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser.
“Our goal is to stop abuse before it starts,” Kreuser said. “I commend the efforts of the Turn the Town Blue Committee to do just that. Their work makes Kenosha County an even better place to raise a family.”
Founded in 2009, the committee is made up of representatives of various agencies, including the Prevention Services Network Family Resource Center, Community Impact Programs Inc., the Kenosha County Division of Health and the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services.
Other partners include the Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha Achievement Center-Early Head Start, Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services Inc. and Lutheran Social Services-Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.
This year’s event highlights again include the presentations of the Strong Family Award and the Connie Reyes Award, as well as a 5K run/walk and a Wear Blue Day group photo.
Erin Morey, director of operations for Prevention Services Network, said the campaign’s activities aim to highlight the community’s commitment to children.
“All children deserve a great childhood,” Morey said. “We invite everyone to participate, in ways big or small, in events and activities that reinforce our objectives for safe kids and strong families.”
This year’s events include:
For more information about the Turn the Town Blue Committee, follow the “Turn the Town Blue Campaign” on Facebook or call Chelsea at 262-697-4689.