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Mar 17, 2014 3:57 PM by PRESS RELEASE

Child Abuse Prevention Campaign

Several Louisiana child advocacy groups are partnering during National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April for Geaux Blue For Kids! - a statewide initiative to inspire and encourage Louisiana citizens to stand up and speak out for abused and neglected children and to do their part in preventing more abuse from happening.

The campaign is a partnership between Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL), Child Advocacy Centers of Louisiana (CACLA) and Court Appointed Special Advocates Louisiana (LACASA). Events include a rally at the state Capitol April 15 to ask lawmakers to join child and family advocates in standing up for thousands of Louisiana's abused and neglected children and a Louisiana Child Well-Being Summit April 16-17 in Baton Rouge.

"Rather than waiting on others to act, Geaux Blue For Kids! is a call to action for every person in Louisiana to make children a priority and get involved in standing up and speaking out for Louisiana's children," said Dr. John Wyble, executive director of LouisianaChildren.org, the association for CACLA and LACASA.

In Louisiana, more than 15,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are made annually. Additionally, Louisiana ranks 45th in the nation when it comes to the quality of life and wellbeing we provide for children.

Research shows, however, that when parents have knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, social connections, concrete support and other protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and more favorable outcomes for children and families are promoted.

Visit www.louisianachildren.org to learn more about keeping children safe, volunteering with local programs like CASA or PCAL, speaking up for children to your elected officials or making a donation to ensure services remain for child victims of abuse. A complete calendar of events happening in April for Geaux Blue For Kids! also is available online.

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