On April 22, 2013, Judge Michael Clement of the 25th Judicial District Court, Division B of Plaquemines Parish adopted a “Tree of Life” in memory of a 3 month old boy who died of neglect in a motor vehicle accident.
“Trees for Life” is a tradition of distributing trees in honor of each Louisiana child who died the prior year as a result of abuse. Tree recipients are asked to plant, nurture, and hang a blue ribbon around the tree each April in remembrance of a child who died in Louisiana of abuse.
At the event on April 22nd, community members gathered to honor these children and commit to prevention strategies that will strengthen families and prevent future harm to children.
“Trees for Life” began in 2006 through the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center after Hurricane Katrina, memorializing the innocent lives lost due to abuse while giving rebirth to our storm-devastated community.