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Go Blue Day is April 3rd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2015
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
               Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Go Blue Day is April 3rd

Wear blue to support Montana children and families

The Montana Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana are encouraging Montanans to wear blue attire on Go Blue Day, April 3rd. Go Blue Day is an opportunity for Montanans to join many communities throughout the state and nation to promote Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Montanans are also encouraged to share their blue photos on social media using #ShareYourBlue.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Montana Children’s Trust Fund encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Montana a better place for children and families.

“By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities,” said Jamey Peterson of the Children’s Trust Fund.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete support
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Healthy parent-child relationships
  • Social and emotional well-being of children

The Montana Children’s Trust Fund serves as the lead agency in reducing and ultimately eliminating maltreatment of Montana children. The trust fund provides financial support to local programs across the state to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families. For more information about the Montana Children’s Trust Fund contact Jamey Petersen at jpetersen@mt.gov or 444-3002.

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy – Strengthening Families have created the 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections. The guide is available on the Montana Children’s Trust Fund website: http://dphhs.mt.gov/childrenstrustfund/preventionmonth2015.