In 2013, the Lucas County Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office had over 9000 new cases filed. Over 4000 of those cases involved children caught in the middle of custody, parentage, support, and even, adult contributing to delinquency issues. While 375 cases of neglect and abuse in Lucas County were included in these filings, these cases represent familial stress and trauma in a child’s life. Child abuse is the opposite of a child growing up healthy, in a secure home.
In keeping with the Court’s view of Care, Guidance, Treatment, and Protection for the community’s children, the Lucas County Juvenile Court staff and partners, will be participating in several activities in support of Prevent Child Abuse during April. We will be engaging the public to help understand that we all play an important role in the healthy development of all Lucas County children.
In collaborative support of Lucas County Children Services’ 4th consecutive sponsoring of “Wear Blue Day,” Wednesday, April 8, Court employees will be wearing blue, as well as sponsoring an information and pinwheel coloring station in the Court’s first floor lobby. Court employees, the public, and all youth are invited to color a pinwheel. All artwork will be displayed in the Clerk’s Office, representing the hope that there will be an end to the filing of these type of cases.
200 blue mylar “pinwheels for prevention” were “planted” by youth at both the Juvenile Court on Spielbusch, and at the Youth Treatment Center on 11th Street.
The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, created by Prevent Child Abuse America and its state chapters, was built around the symbol of the pinwheel, a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood. It goes beyond making people aware of the issue of child abuse and neglect, engaging people to act to prevent it from ever happening in the first place.
As a small wisp of wind sets a small pinwheel into motion, even small efforts can, similarly, make a difference in the lives of children and families in our own neighborhoods. Child abuse knows no class, race, or geographic boundaries. Each of us can be a friend to the children and families in our neighborhood. Lend support by showing you care.
“All children deserve to grow up in safe and loving forever homes.”—Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon