For the second year in a row residents of Lake County are encouraged to join in the child abuse awareness and prevention campaign known as Blue Kids Lake County. "Cherishing children, supporting families, and building strong communities" are the core values on which Blue Kids Lake County was founded. Sponsored by the Lake County State's Attorneys' Office and the 19th Judicial Circuit's Family Violence Coordinating Council, this campaign aims to increase awareness, provide education, and seek community engagement during the month of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The website bluekidslakecounty.org will launch by April 1st and will be updated year-round, providing information of assistance to individuals and families. Child development and parenting tips will be included. "Too often child abuse is discussed after an incident has occurred. Blue Kids Lake County seeks to be proactive, providing tools and information for individuals and families" stated Fred Foreman, Chief Judge of Lake County's 19th Judicial Circuit. Last year 3 foot signs with images of a blue girl and boy were seen throughout the county, particularly at most schools. These signs are available for purchase and are a great way to demonstrate support for the children of Lake County and a commitment to building strong communities. "The great thing about Blue Kids Lake County is that it is inclusive. Everyone can participate by displaying a Blue Kid in their yard or business to show their commitment to the core values of cherishing children, supporting families, and building strong communities. Blue Kids Lake County rightly makes the protection of our county's children everyone's responsibility" stated Michael G. Nerheim, State's Attorney of Lake County. For more information, contact Blue Kids Lake County co-chairs Sally Foster (847-543-2315) or Laura Notson (847-377-3155).
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