SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Child Abuse & Neglect stands out as an ongoing issue across the Ozarks. That's why a number of local agencies become increasingly vocal in April for National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month. Their goal is to create a sea of blue across Southwest Missouri and online, all part of the Go Blue Campaign.
This year, several members of the Child Abuse & Neglect (C.A.N.) Collaborative at Community Partnership of the Ozarks are leading the movement, including Isabel’s House, CASA, Child Advocacy Center, The Victim Center, Foster Adopt Connect, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Ozarks Regional YMCA, and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri, with support from Mercy, CoxHealth, Jordan Valley Community Health, Greene County Commission, City of Springfield, Children’s Trust Fund, Missouri KidsFirst and an ever-growing list of local leaders committed to making safe children a top priority.
People in the community can also help by getting Blue Pinwheels for their own yards, similar to the ones seen across Springfield. Those are available through Isabel's House in Springfield with a $3 donation. People can also show their support and raise awareness with a blue light bulb for their porches. Those are available through the Community Partnership of the Ozarks for $2.50.