The Blue Ribbon Project

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The Blue Ribbon Project

Before COVID-19 hit, children and youths in the foster care system met with their biological families periodically as dictated by a court. But amid the pandemic, such visits switched to online meetings.

BERRYVILLE — The Clarke County Department of Social Services (DSS) will place more emphasis on counseling families to try and keep mistreated youth out of foster care. 

The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges.

A 41-year-old high school reading teacher is facing serious accusations in Florida, where authorities allege she molested at least one underage student over a period of several years.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A long-delayed trial is set to begin for a Virginia man accused of sexually abusing and making child pornography of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

The Blue Ribbon Project recently announced the addition of Erika Ford as an Officer to it's Board of Directors. Erika brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her to the organization. Erika is a licensed certified social worker- clinical (LCSW-C) currently serving as a Faculty Field Instructor with Family Connections in Baltimore City. Here she helps support Social Work graduate students in their professional and educational development and understanding of the child welfare system.

On Sunday, Dylan Farrow released a statement about the heretofore unseen video of herself as a child disclosing her allegations of sexual abuse against director Woody Allen to her mother Mia Farrow, which aired as part of the second episode of HBO’s Allen v. Farrow.

To see our upcoming meeting dates or to register for a particular meeting, please visit our Upcoming Events page.

The Blue Ribbon Project was initially founded in 2012/2013 as a means to support Adult Survivors of abuse. Our founder, Taylor Pyles, founded The Blue Ribbon Project after seeing the negative outcomes of those that he grew up in foster care with. As adults, there were a myriad of issues with his peers, from mental health issues, suicides, drug addiction, homelessness, incarceration, as well as other lifelong impacts. It was after losing 5 foster siblings in a matter of months that Taylor decided he wanted to assist adult survivors of abuse. This was the very foundation of The Blue Ribbon Project and has led to its expansion in the years following. 

The rising number of suicide cases has prompted extensive research on identifying people prone to commit suicide or have suicidal ideation. Findings have revealed a strong correlation between childhood trauma from maltreatment and suicidal tendencies in adolescents and adults.

The Blue Ribbon Project’s Mission is not only to raise awareness regarding child abuse but also to provide a variety of resources to abused and neglected children as well as youth in Foster Care. To this end, The Blue Ribbon Project has developed a youth advocacy program titled “A Hand To Hold Youth Alliance Program”. This program is designed to meet the needs of abused children in a variety of areas. This program is not designed to replace other youth mentoring programs, nor is it intended to replace or duplicate the role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

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