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Since 1983, April has been nationally recognized, as Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families.
Each year, Voices for Children– Child Abuse Prevention Council of Olmsted County joins this movement, promoting Child Abuse Prevention Month and raising awareness that child abuse is preventable.
Voices for Children is a multidisciplinary committee whose goal is to spread awareness and education about child abuse prevention in our community. Members include:
Family Service Rochester
Families First of Minnesota
Home Federal Bank
Olmsted County Public Health
Olmsted Medical Center
Zumbro Valley Health Center
Prevention is the best defense against child abuse and neglect. There are many ways to build and enhance strong relationships with people in your community. It is important to connect with children and families in your life to offer your support.
Voices for Children is committed to providing learning opportunities for professionals and other community members.
By ensuring parents and caregivers have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for children, we can help promote the social and emotional well-being of children and youth and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Throughout the year, Voices for Children encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the community a better place for children and families.
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected and is in immediate danger, call 911.
If the child is not in immediate danger, please call Olmsted County Child Protection Intake at
507-328-6130, or if after normal business hours, call 507-535-5625.
Additional Olmsted County Crisis Numbers
Southeast Regional Crisis Center (SERCC):
After Hours Social Services:
Crisis Response for Southeast MN:
The Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Campaign had its early beginnings following the death of a very young child. In spring 1989, Bonnie Finney, a Virginia grandmother, received the devastating news that her beloved grandson had died of injuries inflicted by his parents.
In an expression of her grief and outrage, this grandmother did something that has given us a symbol, around which we rally for the cause of child abuse prevention. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van as a way to remember “the bruised and battered body of her grandson” and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse.
In Bonnie’s own words: “The blue ribbon serves as a constant reminder to fight for protection of our children. Please wear a blue ribbon. Put one on your car. Give one to your friends. Tell them what it means. You may save a child’s life!”
Blue Ribbons are on display throughout the community during the month of April.