2021 Kick-off Event

Watch last year's event, and join in remembrance and celebration as we kick-off this year's child abuse prevention month! 

Event Details

About the Event

Join Us for the 27th Annual Blue Ribbon Month Kickoff Ceremony

The Agenda included:
  • Paying tribute in memory and support of children.
  • Hearing a countywide update on child welfare.
  • Embracing inspiring stories from local difference makers.
  • Learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • Honoring adults and youth who advocate for child safety.
  • Dedicating a Pinwheels for Prevention® Garden.
  • Leaving with information and next steps to "SPEAK UP...Save A Child!"

CAPC Welcome

Katherine Hamel, CAPC Member

County Remarks

Scott Burdick, MFT, Deputy Director
County of Orange Social Services Agency Children and Family Services Division

Presentation of County Resolution

Chairman Andrew Do
Supervisor, First District
Orange County Board of Supervisors

Invocation

Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn, Chaplain
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Pledge of Allegiance

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Speakers

Emcee – Orange County Bureau Chief/Reporter, NBC4 News

VIKKI VARGAS has been part of the NBC4 news team for more than 35 years. During her career, Vargas has earned numerous prestigious honors and awards for her reporting and community service efforts from such groups as the Orange County Press Club, State Bar Association, and National Hispanic Media Coalition, among others, and was part of the team that won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for “Best Newscast.” Vargas is passionate about giving back to the community and remains active with California State University, Fullerton. Additionally, Vargas was recognized by the Orangewood Children’s Foundation for her work with foster youth in the region.

From a Resource and Adoptive Parent’s Perspective

VANESSA ACOSTA is an educator and with her husband Jesus fostered nearly 20 children in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. They went on to adopt four of the foster youth they cared for and had been in the process of finalizing the adoption of two additional children when Vanessa’s husband unexpectedly and tragically passed away, leaving her to raise six children on her own. In his memory and her love for the children, she continued to finalize the adoptions of the remaining two children and together they are working hard to honor Jesus’ legacy of love and learning. Their story is a true testament to strength and resiliency.  She was recognized by the Orange County Board of Supervisors during Adoption Awareness Month in November 2019.

From an Olympian and Adopted Child’s Perspective

CARLIN ISLES is best known for being on the 2016 U.S. Olympics Men’s Rugby Team and dubbed as “the fastest man in American rugby.” He has had many other successes in the sports world, and his story off the track and field that inspires many as well.  At age seven, Isles and his twin sister were adopted by a loving family after enduring a very troubled home life and being in several foster homes. Carlin’s inspiring story is one of overcoming obstacles, having faith and discipline, and running his hardest to the finish line. He credits his adoptive parents with providing the stability and love he needed to excel in sports and life.

Workshop Speaker

DR. ERIC BALL is a primary care pediatrician at Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates, a member of the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Primary Care Network. Dr. Ball is the immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Orange County and a member of the Board of Directors of AAP in California. He also serves on the Boards of the Orange County Medical Association and the California Immunization Coalition, and is a delegate to the California Medical Association House of Delegates. Dr. Ball represents AAP on the California Surgeon General's Trauma Informed Primary Care Implementation Advisory Committee.

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