Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is urging Lucas County residents to wear blue on April 9, 2014 as a reminder that child abuse is preventable!
Wear Blue - Child Abuse is Preventable!
Now in its third year, the goal is to get people from all walks of life to demonstrate their commitment to protecting children from maltreatment by wearing blue on this day.
LCCS is encouraging people to post photos of themselves wearing blue on April 9 on the agency’s Facebook page, by tweeting their photo to @LucasCoOHKids or emailing them to LCCS.
In FFY 2011 (the most recent data available), more than nine out of every 1,000 children in the United States was a substantiated victim of abuse or neglect.[i]
LCCS is pleased to be partnering with the Toledo Free Press; WTOL-TV; radio stations KISS-FM, 101.5 The River and 1370 WSPD; Lamar Advertising; The Image Group and 1 Heart to get the word out about the Wear Blue campaign. LCCS also thanks Streetspun Yarnbombing for decorating the trees and poles outside our building on Adams Street.
In Lucas County in 2013, 952 children were substantiated victims.[ii]
One Lucas County child died between April 2013 and April 2014 as a result of some kind of maltreatment. LCCS will remember this child at its annual child memorial on April 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the agency’s offices at 705 Adams St., Toledo.
[i] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2012). Child Maltreatment 2011.
[ii] Lucas County Children Services. (2014). 2013 Annual Report.