April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
The month of April is dedicated to recognizing and preventing child abuse and neglect. According to the National Children's Alliance, in 2011, an estimated five children die every day from abuse and neglect in the United States. In Franklin County, about 30,000 children are served by Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) each year. These children are seen for a variety of maltreatment problems including physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. In 2013, FCCS conducted 7,706 investigations of abuse and neglect - 6,014 for physical abuse, 1,465 for sexual abuse and 227 for emotional abuse. Overall the agency provided services to 30,264 children.
Everyone in the community plays a part in promoting the well-being of children and families. Efforts to prevent abuse and neglect can only succeed through the involvement of social service agencies, schools, hospitals, religious and civic organizations, law enforcement, the business community, and private citizens.
During April, FCCS will work to raise community awareness about child abuse and to educate the public on how to prevent child maltreatment. The agency will host the annual Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast and participate in the Pinwheels for Prevention and Wear Blue public awareness campaigns. Click here to learn more about agency events and campaigns.
If you suspect a child is being abused, call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 614-229-7000.
- Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is a time to raise awareness about child abuse. If you suspect a child is being abused, call the FCCS 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000. Click here to read a media release.
- Pinwheels for Prevention
FCCS will plant thousands of blue pinwheels, symbolizing investigated cases of abuse and neglect, throughout the central Ohio community in an effort to raise awareness about the effects of child abuse.
- Volunteer Reception
The Ohio State University Union (1739 High Street,
Columbus, OH 43210)
The FCCS volunteer department will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the annual Volunteer Reception, where volunteers and mentors will receive recognition for all that they do for FCCS children.