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Speak Up, Save a Child! 2018 Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse in Crook County

Started in 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign is used throughout the United States as a way to bring communities together to protect children. We are asking you to “Speak Up and Save a Child.” This is a call for the adult community to take an active role in protecting the children of Crook County from child abuse. Everybody holds a piece of the puzzle in preventing child abuse. You can “Speak Up and Save a Child” by: • Alerting authorities immediately if you suspect a child is at risk of abuse • Taking Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® training and joining more than one million adults who are trained to recognize, report, and prevent child sexual abuse • Donating to MountainStar Family Relief Nursery at or to KIDS Center at • Talking to children about their bodies and what they can do if someone is making them feel uncomfortable • Talking to other adults about child abuse prevention in your neighborhood and community Child abuse happens every day in Central Oregon. Let’s give kids the same voice we’re giving women. #KidsToo

Recognize It • Report It • Prevent It

In Partnership: 541.383.5958


The Power of Prevention Prevention promotes a positive action or behavior and, in turn, stops a negative action or behavior. In the case of child abuse interventions, the promotion of protective factors and the reduction of risk factors have been found to ensure the well-being of children and families. Child abuse prevention occurs along a continuum that includes primary prevention, secondary prevention, and tertiary prevention.




Targeted toward the whole community in order to impact families and communities prior to any allegations of abuse and neglect.

Targeted toward families that have risk factors such as substance abuse, low parental age, disabilities, single parents, and low-incomes.

Targeted toward families who have confirmed or unconfirmed child abuse reports and require intervention, or those who qualify for services under child welfare programs.




*KIDS Center, Let’s Talk About It

that offer services to families living in low income neighborhoods


with stable, non-abusive families acting as “role models” and providing support to families in crisis




that enhance a family’s ability to access existing services to support positive interactions among family members

that help deal with stresses and meet the challenges of parenting

*MountainStar Relief Nursery

that help transform negative practices and beliefs into positive parenting behaviors and attitudes



that provide support and assistance to parents in their homes

for children and families affected by maltreatment to improve family communication and functioning

focusing on child development and age-appropriate expectations


that provide information about how to report suspected child abuse *KIDS Center, Darkness to Light

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KIDS Center and MountainStar are partners in the Deschutes County of United Way TRACES Initiative. Trauma, Resiliency, and Adverse Childhood Experiences Visit to learn more.

*MountainStar Relief Nursery RESPITE CARE FOR FAMILIES

provide assistance for highly stressed families who have young children *MountainStar Safety Net

*KIDS Center and MountainStar

* These are examples of how MountainStar and KIDS Center are working together to prevent child abuse. Visit or to learn more.

Resilience is the ability to overcome stressful events. Science

shows that some people develop resilience while others do not. Understanding how we can build resilience informs efforts to help vulnerable children and families be safe and successful.

How is resilience built?


Thank you to the Children’s Trust of South Carolina for their information on the three tiers of prevention.

Protective Factors Child abuse/neglect is more likely to occur when the adults in that child’s life are under extreme stress. Local programs including MountainStar and KIDS Center help families in crisis. We use an approach that enhances family protective factors, thereby decreasing the risk of abuse/neglect while increasing the resilience of both parents and children.

Protective factors are attributes in

individuals, families, and communities that help people deal more effectively with stressful events.

Parental resilience is the ability to bounce back from all forms of stress and challenges.

Local programs help caregivers develop knowledge of child development, practical skills, and positive parent-child relationships.

Vulnerable families need concrete support such as basic supplies (food, diapers, clothing), home visits, and individual counseling.

Partner programs work together to link parents with community referrals, increasing social connections and each family’s problem-solving network.

Children’s social and emotional competence is key; therapeutic experiences help children learn to self-regulate and communicate their emotions.

Recognize & Report Signs of Abuse We know it takes courage to confront child abuse and make a report. You don’t have to know for certain if abuse is happening or have all the answers to report a concern of abuse. Since few children ever come forward to report abuse, make it your responsibility to recognize these signs and report any concerns or disclosures of abuse. YOU may be a child’s only hope; please do not ignore your instincts!


What is child abuse? Child abuse comes in many forms: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, drug exposure, and witness to domestic violence. These types of abuse occur more often in combination than alone. Any child at any age may experience one or more types of child abuse.

8 potential Signs of Child Abuse

Some, but not all, children who have experienced abuse may exhibit physical or behavioral signs. You can better protect the children of Central Oregon by knowing these potential signs of abuse:

01 Nervousness or fear around adults or a particular adult



Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, or marks

Inappropriate knowledge of sexual acts

04 Extreme hunger or eating disorder

05 Nightmares or bed-wetting

06 Apparent lack of supervision

07 Aggressiveness or withdrawal

08 Reluctance to go home

If you suspect that a child is being abused, call and talk to a trained professional at 911 or 541.693.2854. Anyone who makes a report in good faith, based on reasonable grounds, is protected by the law.

2018 Blue Ribbon Events Get involved. Prevent child abuse by attending an event or training at MountainStar or KIDS Center.

Darkness to Light

Let’s Talk About It

Prineville Perk

Adults receive tools for recognizing the signs of sexual abuse and responding to suspicions. They also learn simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and in our community. Sign up at

Participants learn what are developmentally appropriate sexual behaviors in children two to seven years old. Adults learn how to start the conversation about body safety and how to respond to sexual behaviors in children. Sign up at

Join MountainStar Prineville for the Prineville Perk. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a small snack while taking a short tour of our therapeutic classroom. You will hear about MountainStar’s efforts to prevent child abuse and learn how you can help.

Bend (KIDS Center) Tues, April 10, 3-5pm

MountainStar Prineville Fri, April 6, 7:30-9:00 am

Pinwheel Gardens

MountainStar TOurs

Free Movie Event

Pinwheel Gardens represent our focus on community activities that prevent child abuse and neglect. Find pinwheel gardens at various locations throughout Crook County. Anyone who is interested in creating a garden of their own can call 541.788.5556 to place your order. Your support allows Crook County For the Children to provide resources, trainings, and community activities in support of health and safety for our children throughout the year.

Take a tour to learn what it takes to prevent child abuse in Central Oregon. Why do we focus on babies and toddlers? What are ACE’s? How can you get involved? Answer these questions and more! Call 541-322-6820 to sign up.

Children and their caregivers are invited to this free movie event hosted by For the Children, Crook Country’s child abuse prevention team. Attendees will receive information on local child abuse prevention resources and tools. Call 541.788.5556 for more info.

MountainStar Prineville Wed, April 11, 4-5:15pm

The Pine Theater, Prineville April 21, 10am

Crook County Library Thurs, April 12, 4-7pm Tues, May 8, 4-7pm (Español)

KIDS Center




8th Annual Prevention Partner of the Year MountainStar is excited to honor a special community partner in Crook County for their outstanding commitment to helping prevent child abuse in Crook County. They have dedicated valuable resources and time to learn how to better protect children, as well as provide concrete support for families in crisis. Thank you for giving back to our community. Congratulations to the following organization for your outstanding work in preventing child abuse:

NeighborImpact Head Start

Thank you to our Sponsors

A Heartfelt THANK YOU to our many community partners and volunteers who work to prevent child abuse in Central Oregon!


2018 Blue Ribbon Newsletter - Crook County  
2018 Blue Ribbon Newsletter - Crook County