Cardboard Kids Is a Child Abuse Prevention Campaign

In 2017, there were 5,588 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Bexar County. And while that number is staggering, it’s just as shocking to learn that only 1 in 10 sexually abused children ever make an outcry, meaning thousands more children in and around San Antonio are victims of abuse, typically by someone the child knows, loves, and trusts.

To bring awareness to this incredibly urgent issue, ChildSafe created the Cardboard Kids Campaign. Cardboard Kids are 2-foot tall cardboard figures shaped like children that represent one of the thousands of children that are abused and neglected at the hands of adults in our community each year.

This is ChildSafe’s fifth year to partner with local businesses, clubs, organizations and individuals to decorate and display a Cardboard Kid representing one of the thousands of children who suffer from abuse and neglect at the hands of adults in Bexar County every year.

Community members, businesses, and families are encouraged to decorate and display their own Cardboard Kids on “Reveal Day” on April 5, to create awareness about child abuse and neglect and our mission of ending child abuse in Bexar County.

Web Gallery

If you see a Cardboard Kid around San Antonio, please read the information on the back, then take a picture of the Cardboard Kid and share him or her on your favorite social network with the hashtag #CardboardKidsSA.


  • Distribution Sites
  • See & Be Seen!
  • Be Social!

Pick Up the Kids

Pick up a Cardboard Kid to decorate at any of four area malls listed below. Anyone donating $10 or more during our distribution days, will get a commemorative medal while supplies last.


March 2-3 and March 9-10


Fridays 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 6 pm


Ingram Park Mall (Lower Level outside of Dillard’s)

North Star Mall (Lower Level in the Helzberg Wing, next to Helzberg Diamonds)

Rolling Oaks Mall (Lower Level, Center Court near Guest Services)

South Park Mall  (Lower Level near AGACI and the Food Court)

April 5 is “Reveal Day” for decorated Cardboard Kids

Leave your decorated Cardboard Kid in a highly visible public place. Imagine the impact of Cardboard Kids placed all over the community! Photograph your Cardboard Kid and share the location using #cardboardkidsSA when posting on your favorite social media site, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

It’s Happening Everywhere

Spread the Word

If you discover a Cardboard Kid, snap a photo and share the location through social media using #cardboardkidsSA when posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other media sites. Imagine the impact of expanding the conversation!

It’s Happening Everywhere


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