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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

WAUKEGAN – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office’s Children’s Advocacy Center has partnered with Motor Werks of Barrington to help spread awareness.

Motor Werks will be conducting a series of planned events with their employees to help spread awareness.

• Every Friday during April, Motor Werks’ employees will have the choice to contribute $5 to the cause in exchange for wearing blue jeans.

• On April 24, Motor Werks will encourage its employees to wear blue in representation of national “Dress in Blue Day.” They will be wearing a sticker that says, “Ask me why I’m wearing blue?” to help spread awareness and educate their patrons.

• Blue Jolly Ranchers candy will be distributed along with business cards that contain resources for those seeking help and information.

In addition, the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. April 11 at the LCCAC, 123 N. O’Plaine Road in Gurnee. They will be recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month as well as recognizing National Victims’ Rights Week. There will be resource tables, events for kids, light refreshments, and educational sessions.

The following organizations will be hosting resource tables at the event: A Safe Place; Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists; Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Chicago; Court Appointed Special Advocates Lake County (CASA); Drug Enforcement Administration; Family Chiropractic Sports and Rehab; Gurnee Fire Department: Touch-A-Truck; Habitat for Humanity; Kalimba Foundation; Lake County Coroner’s Office; Lake County Opioid Initiative; Lake County Sheriff’s Office; LCCAC Blue Kids Program/Child Abuse Prevention Materials; Nicasa Behavioral Health Services; Noah’s Rest; Oak Street Health; Twice as Nice Mother and Child; UMMA Center; and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

To learn more about the “Blue Kids” program, visit http://www.friendsoflccac.org/blue-kids/ 

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