2020 #GoBlueSWMO Multi-Agency Toolkit

Why Prevention Matters

The numbers are simply heartbreaking: in Missouri, it’s estimated that a child is abused or neglected every two hours, and in Greene County, once a child enters the juvenile court process, trends show that less than 3 out of 10 children will end up staying with their parents. The total economic impact of child abuse alone is staggering – estimated at $210,000 for each substantiated case. But when abuse & neglect leads to a lifetime of health complications, missed work, and cycles of violence, our families and communities suffer for generations…

Isabel’s House Helps

Thankfully, the negative outcomes of abuse & neglect are not guaranteed. There is still hope for every child and every family, because local organizations like Isabel’s House are working 24/7/365 to care for childrenstrengthen families and prevent child abuse & neglect in our community.

How will you #GoBlueSWMO?

Isabel’s House is committed to educating our community about child abuse & neglect and about the steps we can take to prevent children from becoming statistics. You can help by making a promise and inviting others to…

  Shine Blue
  ShineBlue-icon Turn your lights (order bulbs!) & signs blue in April. We even have #GoBlueSWMO graphics that can be customized for your digital display! Contact us.
  Give Blue
  GiveBlue-icon Make a direct contribution to Isabel’s House by purchasing a Hope Butterfly at one of our partner sites during the month of April. See a list of locations below!
  Plant Blue
  PlantBlue-icon Look for our Pinwheels for Prevention “gardens” springing up on April 1st, and then learn how to plant your own blue! Scroll down for more details!
  Dress Blue
  DressBlue-icon Show us your blue on any day with this hashtag on social media. Encourage your workplace, church, or school to host “wear blue” days!

Our Promoted Events

  • April 1st: C.A.N. Collaborative Kickoff: SHARE
  • April 17th: Isabel’s House at Hammons Field
  • April 18th: Community Tour Day @ Isabel’s House
  • April 30th: “Hope of Isabel’s House” Day-of-Giving

The Hope Butterfly

pinup_butterfly2014The Isabel’s House Hope Butterfly, our own local symbol of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention, represents YOUR commitment to offering families the hope-giving resources they really need to gain strength, stay together and soar beyond a crisis.

The Blue Pinwheel

pinwheel-standalone“In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. It has come to serve as the physical reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children.”

This year, Isabel’s House is excited to partner with Mercy HospitalCoxHealth South HospitalJordan Valley Community Health,  Tobert Beadle & Musgrave, and Dynamic Body to plant eye-catching P4P “gardens” at prominent locations in Springfield, to serve as a reminder to our community that our efforts for prevention make a difference.

Pinwheel Coloring Sheet · Make A Pinwheel Craft
Purchase Pinwheels to display in support of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention! Proceeds benefit Isabel’s House.
Individuals ($3/ea)
Organizations ($1-3/ea)

The Blue Ribbon

In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who died as a result of abuse. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many people wear blue ribbons each April in support of efforts to prevent child abuse.

  • Resources for Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month


    Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738

    The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (CA/NHU) is a toll-free telephone line which is answered 24/7/365.


    Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) is a national force for prevention efforts and family resources that include campaigns like Pinwheels for Prevention and Healthy Families America.

    Blue Sunday provides general resources for churches who want to include Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention in their services during April and year-round.

    The Child Welfare Information Gateway is the federal government portal for Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention resources.


    The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri's foundation for Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention and oversees statewide campaigns like the CTF License Plate program, which can directly benefit Isabel's House. 

    Missouri KidsFirst operates as the official state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, advocating for child-focused policies and hosting statewide awareness programs.


    An initiative of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the Child Abuse & Neglect Collaborative was formed in 2013 to bring our community together around a common table to work on reducing Child Abuse & Neglect in Springfield and Greene County.


    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit working with children who enter the foster care system following cases of abuse or neglect, to give them a voice as they navigate the system and find their new, permanent home.

    Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides advocacy for kids who have been thrust into abuse or neglect investigations, coordinating with law enforcement and case workers to ensure the child's needs are always put first.

    The Victim Center
    The Victim Center offers counseling, crisis intervention, and advocacy to children and adults in the region who have been victims of violent or sexual crimes. They also provide vital prevention education in our community.


    Missouri Kids Count is a public databank assisting local and state public policymakers and child advocates and providing key indicators for Missouri's children and their families.

    The CFO Community Focus Report provides and objective "report card" for Springfield and Greene County that identifies the strengths and weaknesses within various sectors of our community, with links to reporting tools specific to southwest Missouri.

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