Mercy Child Advocacy Center to host an child abuse prevention events

Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Sioux City, Iowa is raising awareness on child abuse prevention by hosting several community activities on April 7.

The activities include ‘Blue Out Day,’ where everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear blue to show support for children and their families who have suffered abuse.

Mercy Child Advocacy Center joins hundreds of communities around the United States who participate in this event to raise awareness on child-abuse prevention and to encourage community involvement.

“Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for communities to recognize the role they play in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families,” Barb Small, manager of the Mercy Child Advocacy Center, said. “Creating a strong foundation in the early years of a child’s life leads to better outcomes in health, learning and productivity throughout a lifetime. By working with caregivers to prevent child abuse, we’re building a stronger community for the future.”

Along with wearing blue, community members are also encouraged to look for the pinwheel symbol around the local area. The pinwheel represents hope for tomorrow.

"Every effort, however small, makes an impact in our community. If we all take the time to do one small thing to help another, we could make a huge difference,” Small said. "Although we recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is important for us to continue to support children and families in our community throughout the year."

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