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Lucas County Children Services

Posted on: April 2, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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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
Wednesday, April 10 (all day)

Wear Blue Night with the Mud Hens
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, 
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. Our 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.

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