April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Each April, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, FCCS takes time to spread the word about child abuse prevention and honor children and families who have overcome its effects. In 2016, FCCS received 31,639 referrals concerning suspected child abuse and neglect and completed 13,500 investigations. FCCS believes the key to preventing child abuse and neglect is bringing awareness and encouraging community involvement. In partnership with the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and the Center for Family Safety and Healing, the agency will sponsor and participate in activities that spread the child abuse awareness and prevention message throughout April.
In addition to sponsoring the annual Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast on April 12 and participating in Wear Blue Day on April 12 (see upcoming events), FCCS is supporting the #IntheNext30Minutes campaign led by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. The community is asked to pledge their support for child abuse prevention and awareness by posting selfies on social media using #IntheNext30Minutes and tagging friends on Facebook (Ohio Children’s Trust Fund), Instagram (@OhioCTF) and Twitter (@OhioCTF) (See slideshow for more information).