Orlando's Lake Eola Foundation to Turn Blue in Honor of Child Abuse Prevention

Media Advisory

April 2, 2013

Kristi Gray
Department of Children and Families
Central Region Public Information Officer
(407) 770-8777

Orlando's Lake Eola Foundation to Turn Blue in Honor of Child Abuse Prevention
~ Representatives from Five Central Florida Counties Stand Together Against Child Abuse, Stand for Prevention~

Who: Central Florida's leading child protection, prevention and enforcement agencies from five counties will come together Thursday, April 4 in a united effort to stand against child abuse and for prevention. Guest speakers include 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeff Ashton, Survivor, Author and Activist Lauren Book who recently launched "Don't Miss the Signs," a statewide campaign to encourage child abuse reporting as well as Anita Odom from Florida's Ounce of Prevention Fund along with local Children's Advocacy Centers, Community Based Care and Case Management Organizations along with the Department of Children and Families.

What: Multi-county, jurisdiction April kick-off event to celebrate the many roles within the protection of children as well as the prevention of abuse, to better educate the community about services already in place and available to children within their home counties in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Residents and visitors will enjoy the beautiful Lake Eola Fountain which will shine blue April 4 and April 5, serving as a reminder that all children should experience happy and healthy childhoods - free of abuse.

Blue pinwheel gardens are now popping up throughout the communities to compliment the blue color of the fountain and message.

When: Thursday, April 4, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Lake Eola Amphitheater, 101 N Rosalind Ave., Orlando, Fl

Why: The Children's Advocacy Centers within Central Florida signify collaboration and support with services available to children who have been victimized by abuse. This event brings key community leaders together to focus on the many facets of child abuse including: prevention, reporting, investigations, prosecutions and recovery, all with the sole focus of keeping the individual needs of our children as a primary focus in Central Florida.