Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Child Advocacy Center Partners with Riverside Elementary
Start Date
Mercy Child Advocacy Center is teaming with Principal Mary Motz and Riverside Elementary School in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with Blue Out Day on April 11. Students, teachers and all school employees are encouraged to wear blue on this day to remember children who have suffered from abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse. Blue pencils will be distributed to students along with bookmarkers for the school library.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a national movement raising awareness that child abuse is preventable and focuses on what communities can do to support this cause. This month and throughout the year, Mercy Child Advocacy Center encourages everyone to play a role in making the Siouxland area a better place for children and families. Helping parents/adults gain the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to care for their children promotes children’s social and emotional well-being and prevents abuse.

“By supporting and educating families, we can help ensure that their children grow up safe, nurtured and empowered to reach their full potential as adults,” said Barbara Small, Manager of Mercy Child Advocacy Center. “Child development is the foundation for community development. Everyone can play a role in strengthening families as advocates, donors or volunteers.”

Every child deserves a happy childhood. The Siouxland community's future depends on the safety and well-being of our children. Working together to ensure healthy environments for children today is essential for creating a prosperous society tomorrow. Just as it is important to lay a strong foundation when building a house, it is also important for us to nurture a strong beginning for our children. The effects of child abuse, increased crime, poor health, substance abuse, mental health issues, and cost to society impact us all. Child abuse is completely preventable and success for any adult requires a combination of awareness, education, and support. Be the support that will help our community build a strong foundation.

Throughout the year, Mercy Child Advocacy Center works to support families by providing parent education classes and prevention programs through the Light a Child’s Life program. Prevention classes are also offered to adults working with children through the Darkness to Light program. If you have questions or wish to support Mercy Child Advocacy Center, please contact us at 712-279-2548.

For more information, contact:
Deb Lemmon, Director of Planning and Marketing (712) 279-2294
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator
(712) 279-5682