April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April is designated nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Lucas County Children Services is presenting a number of activities to raise awareness of the impact that abuse and neglect have on our community.

Eighth Annual Wear Blue Day is Wednesday, April 10 (all day)

  • Eighth annual social media campaign encourages individuals, offices, agencies, workplaces to wear blue to support the fight against child abuse and neglect.
  • Take a photo, and post to the LCCS Facebook page to publicly demonstrate support:
    http://www.facebook.com/LucasCountyChildrenServices .
  • People can also Tweet their photo using the hashtag #OhioWearsBlue or email their
    images to us and their photos will be posted that day.

Wear Blue Night with the Mud Hens is Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., Fifth Third Field

  • For the first time, Wear Blue Day will include a special event: “Wear Blue Night” at the
    Toledo Mud Hens.
  • The Mud Hens will wear blue jerseys that evening when they take the field for the 6:35
    p.m. game vs. the Indianapolis Indians.
  • The evening will include special events and information tables about foster/adoptive
    parenting and child abuse/neglect.
  • Fans can purchase tickets for that night’s game at www.mudhens.com and enter “BLUE” at checkout for a special promotion. Foster families and children in kinship care will be special guests of the Mud Hens that evening as well.

Lucas County CARES Awards will be Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m., The Pinnacle in Maumee

  • Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite.com, under the header “CARES Awards”
  • This second annual awards dinner recognizes five outstanding individuals and
    organizations that have advanced the cause of protecting Lucas County’s children from
    abuse and neglect.
  • Proceeds will benefit the Committee for Children’s efforts to educate the public about
    the need for continued voter support of LCCS. Child abuse and neglect continue to
    impact our most vulnerable citizens, and LCCS’ mission is to lead the community in the
    protection of children.

Lucas County Child Memorial Friday, April 26, 11 a.m., Conference & Learning Center, 711 Adams St.

  • Annual observance to remember the children who died in Lucas County as a result of
    physical abuse, neglect, or community violence.
  • This year, six children will be remembered. Five of them died due to gun violence.
  • This is a solemn and somber ceremony. Family and friends of many of the victims are
    invited to this event.
  • The Waite HS Honors Choir and the Springfield HS ROTC will take part this year.
    Coloring Contest
  • In partnership with Lucas County Juvenile Court and the Toledo-Lucas County Public
    Library, LCCS is getting children involved in child abuse awareness through a coloring
    contest.
  • Families can pick up a coloring sheet at local library branches or download a printable
    version at the LCCS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LucasCountyChildrenServices .
  • The coloring sheet is a blue pinwheel, the recognized symbol of National Child Abuse
    Prevention Month.
  • Libraries also have LCCS bookmarks with the warning signs of child abuse/neglect, our
    hotline number to report such cases (419.213.2273), and 2018 Lucas County Children
    Services statistics.

In 2018, Lucas County Children Services received reports of 4,563 children being maltreated. Investigations revealed that 1,848 children were actually abused or neglected, a 16 percent increase over the previous year. Overall, the agency provided services to 12,650 children in
5,047 families