April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a time when Franklin County Children Services educates the community about child abuse by hosting a community breakfast, planting blue pinwheels and wearing blue in support of child abuse prevention. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign draws attention to both the harsh realities of child abuse and the hope of changing the lives of children for the better.
The agency's Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast was held on Wednesday, April 15 at The Aladdin Shrine Center. This event, hosted by Children Services and its Citizens Advisory Committee, honored those who have promoted child abuse prevention and those who have overcome its effects. College scholarships were awarded to youth; an outstanding child protection social worker was honored; and youth and families were honored for making positive life changes. Click here to see photos from the event.
FCCS is partnering with the Ohio Children's Trust Fund to promote the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. This effort will enhance awareness about child abuse by displaying blue pinwheels throughout the community. The color blue has become an iconic symbol of child abuse prevention. FCCS also encouraged all Ohioans to join the state child welfare agencies in wearing blue on April 8 as a wide-sweeping show of support for our cause. Pictures of individuals and groups wearing blue throughout the community are posted on the agency's Facebook page.
April - Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is a time to raise awareness about child abuse. If you suspect a child is being abused, call the 24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000. Click here to learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month.
April 30 - Volunteer Reception
The Ohio State University Union (1739 High Street, Columbus, OH 43210)
The FCCS volunteer department will celebrate volunteers and mentors and recognize all that they do for FCCS children. Click here to learn more about volunteering with FCCS.
May 28 - Simba and Malaika Mixer
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Franklin County Children Services (855 West Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43223)
Join us to learn more about FCCS's Simba and Malaika mentoring programs. This fun event will be the perfect opportunity to meet current Simba and Malaika mentors and get all your questions answered. RSVP by calling (614) 275-2690. Find out more about FCCS's many volunteer opportunities here.