Joining Forces to Fight Child Abuse: Child Advocates of Fort Bend Hosts Annual Light of Hope Ceremony


Girl Scouts Gloria Moore, Maddie Welly, Ammanya Dorelling and Carey Rodriguez were among the 300 plus Girl Scouts who participated in the Light of Hope Ceremony to kick off April Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photo By Perry & Furman.

Girl Scouts Gloria Moore, Maddie Welly, Ammanya Dorelling and Carey Rodriguez were among the 300 plus Girl Scouts who participated in the Light of Hope Ceremony to kick off April Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photo By Perry & Furman.

If you drove around Fort Bend County in April, you might have noticed a lot of blue in the landscape. Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Exchange Club of Sugar Land and the Child Welfare Board joined forces to blanket the county in blue in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 5th, Child Advocates of Fort Bend kicked off April National Child Abuse Prevention Month with their annual Light of Hope Ceremony with help from Sugar Land Exchange Club, Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, the Child Welfare Board and Cameron and Nicole Hill.

State Representative Pete Olson made the opening remarks for the ceremony which featured an exhibit honoring all of the victims of child abuse and inspirational songs by local recording artist Debbie Fancher. Judge Robert Kern of the 387th Judicial District and Doug Earle from Exchange Club of Sugar Land read two of the stories from the exhibit. The historical story of the meaning of the blue ribbon was recited by Child Advocates of Fort Bend Board President Mark Magee.

More than 300 area Girl Scouts participated in the ceremony by creating a human blue ribbon on the steps of City Hall. The Scouts created thousands of blue friendship bracelets for the ceremony. They kept some to distribute to their friends and brought the rest to be distributed at the ceremony and throughout the month of April. Guests at Friday night’s ceremony were encouraged to stop by the Child Advocates of Fort Bend table to get a blue friendship bracelet and blue ribbons to tie around the trees at their homes.

Although child abuse knows no season, April is designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Some of the ways to participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month include wearing a blue ribbon, helping to pass out blue ribbons, posting child abuse prevention materials in your office or place of business and inviting Child Advocates of Fort Bend to talk to your group about child abuse. For more information, call 281-341-9955 or visit www.cafb.org.