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March 1, 2013

Challenge: Julian wants to see blue forest of trees for child abuse awareness

ENID, Okla. — Jodi Julian is extending a challenge to community entities throughout the county to build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

Julian, Department of Human Services resource specialist for Garfield and Grant counties, hopes to see trees with blue ribbons all over Enid and see the community well-represented in the state tree registry maintained by Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

“Last year, DHS made a blue ribbon tree in the mall in an old store window,” Julian said. “This year, I wanted to do something a little different.”

She hopes to see a blue forest of trees for child abuse prevention awareness.

“Wouldn’t it be cool to see blue ribbons all over the community?” Julian said.

Schools, libraries, churches, civic and community groups, child care centers, hospitals and medical facilities could lead the way in creating awareness of child abuse prevention, Julian said.

DHS officials confirmed 93 incidents of child abuse or neglect in Garfield County during 2012, and 130 children are in DHS custody in the county, Julian said.

“That’s just in one county alone,” she added.

The Child Abuse Prevention Action Committee recommends blue ribbon trees be on display before April begins, or at any time during the month of April.

Trees can be registered in the official Tree Registry by sending in a registration form and no more than two photos. Tree photos received by April 3 will be featured during CAP Day at the Capitol on April 9 and in the 2013 CAP Month Scrapbook.

To make a blue ribbon tree, select a living tree or construct a tree from any material, then decorate it with blue ribbons. Ribbons on trees can represent the number of new babies born in the community, the confirmed number of abused and neglected children in the county, or something significant to the designers of the tree.

“Several people just tie blue ribbons on trees, and some people just tie the one big blue ribbon around the tree trunk — I’ve seen that, too,” Julian said.

If people are shown in the tree photo sent for the registry, signed photo releases for each person shown must accompany the registration.

Information and a registration form is available online at

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