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

*MountainStar Relief Nursery

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provide assistance for highly stressed families who have young children



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 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

madras coffee cuppers

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

Meet the MountainStar Madras team and take a tour. Explore our therapeutic classrooms, listen to a short presentation about MountainStar’s child abuse prevention work, and find out how to get involved. Coffee and pastries provided.

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

MountainStar Madras Fri, April 20 - 8-9 am

KIDS Center Tours

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Spend one hour learning about KIDS Center during an in-depth facility tour. See it through a child’s eyes and have a chance to meet staff who evaluate and interview children. Sign up at

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.

Each year community partners come together in Jefferson Co. to show their support in the prevention of child abuse and sexual harassment.

Jefferson County Health Dept. Tues, April 17, 4-7pm (Español) Thurs, April 26, 5-8pm

KIDS Center Bend Thurs, April 12, 12-1pm Wed, April 25, 5-6pm

MountainStar Madras Wed, April 11, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Madras City Hall Tues, April 10, 12-1pm

To learn more about these events and how you can take part in the effort to prevent child abuse, visit KIDS Center and MountainStar on their websites and social media. KIDS Center @kidscenterbend

MountainStar @mtstar.bend

8th Annual Prevention Partners of the Year KIDS Center and MountainStar have partnered up and are excited to honor two community partners for their outstanding commitment to helping prevent child abuse in Jefferson County. Each has 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 organizations for your outstanding work in preventing child abuse:

Asamblea Apostolica de Madras

Thank you to our Sponsors

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

2018 Blue Ribbon Newsletter - Jefferson County  
2018 Blue Ribbon Newsletter - Jefferson County