2020 Cardboard Kids

During the month of April we will be featuring Cardboard Kids created by members of our congregation.

Cardboard Kids are a city-wide public awareness campaign to draw attention to the pervasiveness of child abuse and the fact that every story is different and every child unique. Cardboard Kids are more than two-foot-tall cardboard figures. They represent one of the thousands of children that are abused and neglected at the hands of adults in our community each year.  They start the conversation, not only by creating a visual symbol for children to identify with but also by providing valuable tips for caregivers on how to talk to their children about child abuse and neglect.
www.cardboardkidssa.com


Continue to check back in discover some of the amazing creations of our congregation, while learning important information about recognizing and preventing child abuse. As you see each kid, say a prayer for the thousands of kids who continue to be victims to this atrocity.

Learn more at childsafe-sa.org and cardboardkidssa.com. You can also see, like, comment, and share our San Pedro Cardboard Kids on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


May 30: Our final #CardboardKid reminds us that the life of a child is fragile and must be carefully nurtured. This Kid was created by the Hockley family.

Child abuse fatality statistic: 49.6% of children who die from child abuse are under one year and 80.1% of child fatalities involve at least one parent.

(From American Society for the Positive Care of Children, americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics)


April 29: Our twenty-eighth #CardboardKid, Wyatt, loves to spend his days on the farm taking care of the ducks. He offers a message of faith, hope and love.

Child Abuse Statistic: In the U.S., 4 to 5 children die from child abuse or neglect every day. 77% of child fatalities involve one parent. 75% of children who die of abuse and neglect are under age 3.

(from the Joyful Heart Foundation, https://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/learn/child-abuse-neglect/about-issue/who-does-child-abuse-and-neglect-affect


April 28: Our twenty-seventh #Cardboard kid is namedElijah and is inspired several of Carrie’s students. 

Key facts about child maltreatment: Younger children are maltreated at higher rates than older children; the rate for children ages 0 to 3 is three times the rate for children ages 16 to 17 (15 and 5 per 1,000 children in 2017, respectively).

(according to Child Trends, www.childtrends.org/indicators/child-maltreatment)

April 27: Our twenty-sixth #Cardboard Kid was created by the Ewer Family, and wanted to highlight how their kid has a six-pack. They did both sides, yesterday we highlighted the other side.

Key facts about child maltreatment: The rate of substantiated child maltreatment has shown little change over the past several years, although it is remarkably lower in 2017 than in 1990, having fallen from 13 per 1,000 children to 9 per 1,000..

(according to Child Trends, www.childtrends.org/indicators/child-maltreatment)


April 26: Our twenty-fifth #Cardboard Kid was created by the Ewer Family. They did both sides, we will highlight side two tomorrow.

U.S. child abuse statistics: Every 10 seconds a child is abused or raped. Only 10% of abusers do not know their abuser well.

(according to The Ark of Hope for Children, arkofhopeforchildren.org/child-abuse/child-abuse-statistics-info)


April 25: Our twenty-fourth #CardboardKid is named Jesus, and is a startling reminder of the devastating effects of abuse. Today’s Kid was created by the Simpson family. 

Child death and suicide related to abuse: 1,850 children die a year from some form of child abuse = 7+ children a day in the U.S. alone! 80% of the children that die each day are under the age of four. TODAY 6 children will commit suicide due to child abuse.

(according to The Ark of Hope for Children, arkofhopeforchildren.org/child-abuse/child-abuse-statistics-info)


April 24: Our twenty-third #CardboardKid was created by the Arce family. This Kid longs to explore the stars and be lightyears away from his abuser.

U.S. child abuse statistics: 3.3 million child abuse reports in 2010. For every report 2 more go unreported = many millions abused annually.

(according to The Ark of Hope for Children, arkofhopeforchildren.org/child-abuse/child-abuse-statistics-info)


April 23: Our twenty-second #CardboardKid was created by Madeline. Her Kid is excited for summer, are you?

Child Abuse Statistic: More than a third of adolescents with a report of abuse or neglect will have a substance use disorder before their 18th birthday, three times as likely as those without a report of abuse or neglect.

(from The American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s Child Maltreatment Statistics in the U.S, americanspcc.org)

April 22: Our twenty-first #CardboardKid was created by Lee and Becky. According to Becky, their Kid loves to wear a hat. 

Child Abuse Statistic: Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs were three times more likely to be abused and more than four times more likely to be neglected than children from non-abusing families. 11.5% of children have a parent/caregiver alcohol abuse risk factor, 28.5% of children have a parent/caregiver drug abuse risk factor.

(from The American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s Child Maltreatment Statistics in the U.S, americanspcc.org)


April 21: Our twentieth #Cardboardkid is name Susie and was created by Liesl and Lilliann. She is dressed in her Easter best.  

Child Abuse Statistic: About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 

(from The American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s Child Maltreatment Statistics in the U.S, americanspcc.org)


April 20: Our nineteenth #CardboardKid was created by Luke and Leah (not Skywalker). Luke made the boy half, and Leah made the girl half. It is always great to see siblings working together.

Child Abuse Statistic: About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

(from The American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s Child Maltreatment Statistics in the U.S, americanspcc.org)


April 19: Our eighteenth #Cardboardkid was created by the Ytuarte family and is being responsible by wearing a facemask in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Child Abuse Statistic: Abused teens are more likely to engage in sexual risk taking behaviors, putting them at greater risk for STDs, and 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.

(from The American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s Child Maltreatment Statistics in the U.S, americanspcc.org)


April 18: Our seventeenth #Cardboard Kid will be graduating this year, along with so many other students, even though graduations ceremonies are still uncertain. This Kid was created by the Redin family in honor of their own graduate.

Child Abuse Statistic: 83.4% (More than four-fifths) of perpetrators were between the ages of 18 and 44 years. 54.1% (More than one-half) of perpetrators were women, 45% of perpetrators were men, and .09 % were of unknown sex. 

(from The American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s Child Maltreatment Statistics in the U.S, americanspcc.org)


April 17: Our sixteenth #Cardboardkid was created by the King family. This kid loves to go down the slide with her friends.

Child Abuse Statistic: The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. 

(From ChildHelp.org’s Child abuse statistics)


April 16: Our fifteenth #CardboardKid was created by the Mapes family. 

Child Abuse Statistic: In 2014 alone, state agencies found over 702,000 victims of child maltreatment,this would pack 10 modern football stadiums.

(From ChildHelp.org’s Child abuse statistics)


April 15: Our fourteenth #CardboardKid is named Pic wears clothes made up of old youth group photos. This Kid was created by Dawn.

Child Abuse Statistic: About four out of five abusers are the victims’ parents. A parent of the child victim was the perpetrator in 78.1% of substantiated cases of child maltreatment.

(from the National Children’s AllianceStatisitics on Child Abuse, www.nationalchildrensalliance.org)


April 14: Our thirteenth #CardboardKid, created by the Juarez family, longs to be a medical professional and care for those in need.

Child Abuse Statistic: Young children are the most vulnerable to maltreatment.  28% of victims of child abuse are under the age of 3.

(from Safe Horizon’s Child Abuse Statistics and Facts, safehorizons.org)


April 13: Our twelfth #CardboardKid, created by Lucy, is Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), from the 90’s sitcom Boy Meets World (now streaming on Disney+). 

Child Abuse Statistic: Neglect and physical abuse are the most common forms of abuse and maltreatment reported to child protective services agencies. 75% of the child victims who came to the attention of CPS are victims of neglect. 

(from Safe Horizon’s Child Abuse Statistics and Facts, safehorizons.org)


April 12: Happy Easter! Our eleventh #CardboardKid, created by the Gibsons, can be seen wearing a vintage Easter Dress from 1977. 

Child Abuse Statistic: 1,670 children die due to abuse or neglect each year. 75% of children who die due to child abuse or neglect are younger than 3 years old. (from Safe Horizon’s Child Abuse Statistics and Facts, safehorizons.org)


April 11: Our tenth #CardboardKid was created by Mateo.

The tenth sign of abuse is, Unexplained injuries. Children who have been physically abused may exhibit unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects. You may also hear unconvincing explanations of a child’s injuries. (from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 10: Our ninth #CardboardKid was created by Claudia and Stan, a neighbor of the Blankenhorns. This kid can be seen practicing social distancing, which unfortunately has caused a rise in domestic abuse.

The ninth sign of abuse is, Inappropriate sexual behaviors: Children who have been sexually abused may exhibit overly sexualized behavior or use explicit sexual language and may exhibit symptoms of a genital infection. (from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 9: Our eighth #CardboardKid is Jay, from Lego Ninjago. He was created by Joel and will protect children from Garmadon.

Our eighth sign of abuse is, Risk-taking behaviors: Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon. (from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 8: Our seventh #CardboardKid is named Sir Joe, and was created by Eli and Henry.

The seventh sign of abuse is, Lack of personal care or hygiene: Abused and neglected children may appear uncared for. They may present as consistently dirty and have severe body odor, or they may lack sufficient clothing for the weather. (from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 7: Our sixth #CardboardKid was created by A’Miyah.

The sixth sign of abuse is, Changes in school performance and attendance: Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences, sometimes due to adults trying to hide the child’s injuries from authorities.

(from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)

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April 6: Our fifth Cardboard Kid was created by the Matos Family.

The fifth sign of abuse is, Changes in sleeping: Abused children may have frequent nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep and as a result may appear tired or fatigued. (from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 5: Our fourth Cardboard Kid was created by Betty and Beth. They did both sides, yesterday we highlighted the other side.

The fourth sign of abuse is, Changes in eating: The stress, fear, and anxiety caused by abuse can lead to changes in a child’s eating behavior, which may result in weight gain or weight loss. 

(from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 4: Our third Cardboard Kid was created by Betty and Beth. They did both sides, we will highlight side two tomorrow.

The third sign of abuse is, Fear of going home: Abused children may express apprehension or anxiety about leaving school or about going places with the person who is abusing them or exhibit an unusual fear of a familiar person or place. (from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 3: Meet Kelly, our second Cardboard kid, created by Nicole and Clyde.

The second sign of abuse is: Returning to earlier behaviors. Abused children may display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumb-sucking, bedwetting, fear of the dark, or fear of strangers. For some children, even loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue.

(from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


April 2: Meet our first #CardboardKid, created by Suzie G.

The first sign is “Changes in Behavior:” Abuse can lead to many changes in behavior. Abused children often appear scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn or more aggressive.

(from ChildSafe-SA.org’s 10 Signs of Child Abuse)


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