Wearing BLUE in Kansas City for child abuse prevention – Friday, April 7!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and child advocacy groups are gearing up for lots of special events during the month. The Kansas City Star will publish a calendar of all these events on Saturday, March 26th. Buy and paper and support our loyal partner, the KC Star.

Please show your commitment to Child Abuse Prevention Month and our shared responsibility to keep kids safe by registering to wear BLUE in the form below.  It is not just about wearing BLUE, but even more importantly, it’s about telling people WHY you are wearing BLUE on Friday, April 7. This is a simple way we all can make a difference, educating one person at a time. It only takes a few minutes to register your name and it doesn’t cost a cent!

Wear Blue Day 6th Annual Photo Contest

Take a photo of yourself or your group in blue and send it to wearbluekc@gmail.com. The photo with the most LIKES will win tickets to an upcoming show at Sprint Center. Prize will be announced on Monday, April, 10th.

Why Blue?

In the spring of 1989, a grandmother from Virginia began the BLUE ribbon campaign as a tribute to her grandson, a three-year-old who died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend? Since that time, concerned citizens all over the country have worn BLUE as a symbol of the need to prevent child abuse.

We are asking all citizens who care about children and their safety to pledge to wear BLUE on Friday, April 7 – Wear Blue Day!

To see photos of staff at many of these organizations wearing blue to build awareness of child abuse and neglect, please visit our Facebook page.

2017 Participating Organizations or Individuals

  • ABC-123 Child Learning Center
  • Barbara Michaels’ Daycare
  • CAPA
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas
  • Comanche Elementary
  • Cornerstones of Care
  • Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Easterseals Midwest Home Visiting Services
  • Family Partners Support Services LLC
  • FosterAdopt Connect
  • FosterMyCare
  • The Gardens at Northgate Village
  • Great Circle
  • Growing Futures
  • Holy Rosary Credit Union
  • Debby Howland & family
  • Jackson County CASA
  • Jackson County Children’s Division
  • Johnson County Department of Health & Environment
  • Johnson County Library
  • Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition
  • Lee’s Kinder Academy
  • Lumen Touch, LLC
  • MoKan Blues Chapter of American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • Mother & Child Health Coalition
  • North Kansas City
  • Plaza de Ninos
  • Salvation Army: The Children’s Shelter
  • Sisters of Charity
  • Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
  • Social Change Services
  • Spectrum Station Blue Springs
  • STAT
  • Student Ambassador
  • The Family Conservancy
  • TGI
  • Cheyenne Thomas
  • United Inner City Services
  • Village Church Preschool
  • Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic

 

2015 Participating Organizations or Individuals

A Child’s Hope

Ameriguard, Inc.

Bank of America

Barth Family

Bikers Against Child Abuse – KCMO

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Chicktime kc

Child Abuse Prevention Association

Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics

Children’s Mercy South

Chris Kirchhoff

Clay County Branch

Clay county CASA

Clay County Children’s Division

Clay County Juvenile Office

Cornerstones of Care

Country Club Bank

Country Kids Child care

DCCCA Inc./Tallgrass Family Services

DCCCA, Inc.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph -Office of Child and Youth Protection

DSS/STAT

Easter Seals Midwest

Fraud Operations

Gina Staves

HappyBottoms

Hawthorn Bank

Hope House

Independence Health Department

Jackson County CASA

Jackson County Children’s Division

Jackson County Court Appointed Special Advocates

Johnson County Department of Health and Environement – Child Care Licensing Division

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Johnson County WIC Dept – Mission

Kansas Children’s Service League-KC office

Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center

Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools Office of Early Learning

Kansas City Publis Schools

Kansas State Child Death Review Board

KCKPS

KCPS

Kelly Howland

Kevin J Cummings DDS PC

Larry Bowman

Mark Twain Elementary

Melanie Bowman

Merriam Police Department

Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association

Missouri KidsFirst

MOCSA

Mother & Child Health Coalition

Newhouse Inc.

North Kansas City Fire Department

Operation Breakthrough, Inc.

Pathways Behavioral Health – Odessa

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Roundtable Coalition

Salt & Light Church of God

Selenna Beebe

Scentsy by Jenny Farr

Sheryl Caress

Spofford

St. Mary’s Medical Center

St. Thomas More Church and School

Synergy Services

The Family Conservancy

The Salvation Army Children’s Shelter

Trinity Planning Group

UMKC School of Social Work

United Way of Greater Kansas City

US BANK

US BANK – BONNER SPRINGS

US Bank – Employee Engagement

US BANK 95TH STREET

US BANK CDT

US BANK NORTH ASH

US Bank Sprint Campus Branch

US Bank-Longview Team

USD 500 School District

2013 Participating Organizations and Individuals

AdHoc Group Against Crime

Adrianne Parr

Advocate

advocate

Alaina Cissel

Amanda Kent

Ameriguard, Inc.

Ann Colston

Anna Wiseman

Association АFĖOHFĖBO

Avila University

Avila University

B.A.C.A. KCMO

Bank of Blue Valley

Barbara Mitchell

Barrett Harris-Hornbach

Betsy Wilson

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Blue Springs Police Department

Bob Atkins

Brooke Rodgers

Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Smith

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc.

CD’S KIDS

Centerpoint Medical Center Women’s Services

Child Abuse Prevention Association

Child Protection Center

Children’s Foundation of Mid-America

Children’s Mercy

Chris Kirchhoff

Christy Watson

Clay County Children’s Division

Clay County Public Health Center

Connecting the Dotts Counseling

Cornerstones of Care

Debby Howland

Diana Martinez

Donna Hudson

DSS/STAT

El Centro, Inc.

Francis Family Foundation

Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development

Genesis Friends Daycare

Gina Martin

HappyBottoms

Head Start of Shawnee Mission, Inc.

Heather Waterfield

Hope House

Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County

Intrathecal Care Services of Louisiana

Jackson County CASA

Jackson County Children’s Division

Jaime Hayes

Jane Myer

Jeff Howland

Jerusalem Farm

Julie Thiessen

Johnson County Department of Health and

Environment

Jolie Justus

K’s Clothes Closet

Katrina Foster

Kansas Children’s Service League

Kansas City Missouri City Council

Kansas State Child Death Review Board

KC Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition

KCRegion / Kansas Department for Children and

Families

Kelly Howland

Kelly Milner

Kim O’Dell

Kindermusik by Alicia

LaDonna White

Laura Scott Communications

Lauren Johnson

Linda Firquain

Marilyn Lindsey

meaghan

Merriam Fire Department

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

(MOCSA)

Melanie M. Bowman

MFCAA

Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association

Missouri Children’s Trust Fund

Missouri KidsFirst

MO House of Representatives

monica martin

Mother & Child Health Coalition

Monica Remillard

Newhouse

NCS Manufacturing

Nikki Vallejo

Office of Mayor Sly James

One by One Project

Operation Breakthrough

OTT PTA

Noel Torpey

Partnership for Children

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Priscilla Ford

RDI

Representative Randy D. Dunn

Ray L. Rodriguez

Regina Staves, Ph.D.

Robbi Grogan

S. Davina Taylor-Hinds

Scott Wagner

shannon murray

Shortys Customs

Spofford

Saint Luke’s Hospital

Stacey Bray

State Representative Judy MOrgan

Stephanie Clark

Sunflower House

Susan Baker

Synergy Services

Tammy Thomas

Terri Greer

The Children’s Place

The Family Conservancy

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Children’s Shelter

Title Boxing Club

Tiffany Moore

TNT Energy LLC

UBS

UBS Financial Services

UMKC School of Social Work

United Way 2-1-1

United Way of Wyandotte COunty

University of Kansas Hospital

University of Kansas Hospital Radiation Oncology

US Bank

US Bank Home Mortgage

Ventanilla de Salud

Virginia Orrick

Willow Woods Learning Center

YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Youthville

2016 Participating Organizations or Individuals

ABC Preschool Inc

Academy of Certified Birth Educators

Adrianne Parr

Alexandra Simmons

Ameriguard, Inc.

Assisted Transportation Services, Inc

BACA

Blue Springs Lodge #337 Order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons

Melanie Bowman

Brookridge Elementary

Scott Burnett

Catholic Charities

Center for Alternative Instructional Resources

Martha Chavez

Child Abuse Prevention Association

Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition

Child Advocacy & Parenting Services, Inc

Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport

Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas

Children’s TLC

Clay County CASA

Clay County Children’s Division

Clay County Juvenile Office

Cornerstones of Care

Country Club Bank

Crittenton Children’s Center

Crittenton Children’s Center, Trauma Smart

Rebecca Curtis

Doulas of Greater Kansas City

Empowering Tu Fashion

Family Partners Support Services LLC

Linda Firquain

Jarrod Gravatt & Family

Healthy Start Initiative

Healthy Start Swope Healthy Services

Kelly Howland

Heaven Sent Support

IKEA Merriam

Jackson County CASA

Jackson County Children’s Division

Kansas Department for Children and Families

Kansas Children’s Service League

Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative

Kansas City Missouri Public Schools

KC NoVA

Laura Scott Communications

Lee’s Kinder Academy

The Leslie Family

LINC

Little Rascals

MARC

Mental Health of Americ of the Heartland

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault

Merriam Police Department

Mellissa Micus

Missouri KidsFirst

Morrill & Janes Bank

Mother & Child Health Coalition

North Kansas City Fire Department

Northland Head Start

Office of Early Learning

Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Ozanam

Michele Owen

Powell Gardens

Prarie Elementary

Richardson Early Learning Center

Richardson Head Start

Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City

Saint Luke’s North Hospital

Salt and Light Church of God

Staples Promtional Products

Swope Health Services

Synergy Services

The Children’s Place

The Family Conservancy

The University of Kansas Hospital

US Bank

UMKC School of Social Work

Unified Government of Wyandotte County Health Department

University of Kansas Hospital Neonatal Medical Home

Alex Welter

Woodland Early Learning

Woodland Head Start

YMCA Child Care Center

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc – Midwestern Region

2014 Partner Organizations

These organizations signed partnership agreements to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month in 2014. Individuals and organizations who pledged to participate in the 2014 Wear Blue Day are listed below the partner organizations.

  • Country Club Bank
  • KU Edwards Campus
  • PEO Chapter GW
  • Kansas City Missouri Public Schools
  • Representative Noel Torpey
  • The Children’s Place
  • The Family Conservancy
  • The Sloan Agency
  • The University of Kansas – Edwards Campus
  • The University of Kansas Hospital
  • UMB

2014 Participating Organizations or Individuals

A Child’s Hope
Academy of Certified Birth Educators
advocate
All4Kidz
Blubear.org
BRIDGE GROUP
Brook King
Camp CHOICE
CAPA
Cass County Health Deptartment
Cass County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Child Abuse Prevention Association
Child Protection Center
Children’s Mercy
Connecting the Dotts,llc
Country Club Bank
creative wrold school
DCCCA Inc.
DCF KC Region
Department for Children and Families
Donna Hudson
EmberHope
Fears Case-Harmon & Assoc, LLC
Furry and Smith, P.C., Law Firm
Gary Lile
Gillis Center
Great Beginning Early Childhood Center
Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center
Great Circle
Hawthorn Bank
Head Start of Shawnee Mission
Hope House
Independence Chamber of Commerce
independent
Jackson County Children’s Division
Jamie Klenklen
Joanna Coffey
Johnson County Commissioner
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Judy Morgan
Kansas City Police Department
Kansas State Child Death Review Board
KC Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition
KC Region DCF
KDHE Bureau of Family Health
Kelly Howland
Keystone Northfork Woman’s Club
KidsTLC
Kirmayer Fitness Center
Kiwanis Club of Independence
KU Edwards Campus
KVC
KVC Lenexa
Laura Curry Sloan
Leahy Chiropractic
Lindsey Heeter
Mallory Martinez
Maple Woods Coummity College
Marlene Littleton
Mary Porras
MCC Blue River
Merriam Fire Department
Metro KC Odd Fellows
Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association
Missouri Children’s Trust Fund
Missouri KidsFirst
MOCSA
Mother & Child Health Coalition
Newhouse Inc.
North Kansas City Fire Department
Odessa Community Day Care
OP DCF
Operation Breakthrough
Our Health Matters
PEO Chapter GW
Platte County Children’s Division
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Priority Care Pediatrics
Raymore Police Department
Resource Development Institute
Saint Luke’s Hospital
Salvation Army’s The Children’s Shelter
Shafer, Kline & Warren
SKW
SLH
Spofford
STAT
Symphonic Financial
Synergy Services CAC
Tax Favored Benefits, Inc.
The Children’s Place
The Family Conservancy
The Salvation Army
The Sloan Agency
The University of Kansas Hospital
Turner House Children’s Clinic
U.S. Bank
UMB Bank
United Inner City Services/St. Mark Child and Family Development Center
United Way of Greater Kansas City
University of Kansas Cancer Center – Overland Park
US Bank
US Bank Gregory Branch