The Child Abuse Prevention Action Committee invites communities, schools, businesses and individuals to participate this year in the “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign. The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that all of us have a responsibility to help protect children.

Participants can display blue ribbon trees throughout the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The theme for this year’s CAP month is “It’s Your Turn to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child.” Tree photos will be featured in a presentation at the State Capitol on April 9, CAP DAY AT THE CAPITOL.

A “Tree Registry” form is available to print from the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at: then click on the words “2013 Blue Ribbon Tree Materials”. The theme for the 2013 CAP Day at the Capitol is “Connecting the Dots for Oklahoma’s Children – Prevent Child Abuse.” Include no more than two photos of your tree with the completed entry form. The registration form must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

To build a Blue Ribbon Tree, select any materials. If using a living tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged. Decorate the tree with blue ribbons to represent any of the following:

The confirmed number of abused and neglected children in your countyThe number of new babies born in your communityOr to show your community’s support for children, or something important to your organization, agency, program, or community 

Mail, fax or e-mail the complete Blue Ribbon Tree Registry Form to: Sherie Trice, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Service, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299, or fax to (405) 271-1011, or e-mail