Children's Advocacy Center's 'Blue Kids' to reappear in April

Children's Advocacy Center's 'Blue Kids' to reappear in April

URBANA — Blue silhouettes of children will be reappearing in April outside businesses, homes and other places in Champaign County.

The county's Children's Advocacy Center places the "Blue Kids" as annual reminders of the unknown children who have suffered as a result of child abuse or neglect.

"We continue to make progress in the area of talking about child abuse and providing prevention education beginning in middle school, but we must continue to move forward with the message that we will believe children when they report that they have been abused, and that child abuse will not be tolerated," said Kari May, the agency's executive director.

The Children's Advocacy Center said it interviews about 250 kids a year as a result of reports of sexual assault or serious physical abuse.

Last year, there were also 1,597 child-abuse and -neglect cases investigated by the local office of the state's Department of Children and Family Services.

Anyone who suspects a child is being abused or neglected is urged to call the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Hotline at 800-252-2873 or report it to local police.