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Lucas County Children Services

Posted on: March 31, 2017

LCCS Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Lucas County Children Services is announcing its activities to raise awareness that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

On April 12, LCCS is once again encouraging Lucas County residents to join in Ohio's "Wear Blue Day" to show their support for keeping kids safe from abuse or neglect. LCCS is asking people to post photos of themselves wearing blue on April 12 on the agency's Facebook page by tweeting their photo using the hashtag #WearBlue or emailing images to information@co.lucas.oh.us.

Between April 2016 and April 2017, nine children died in Lucas County as a result of physical abuse, neglect, or community violence. LCCS will remember these youth at its annual memorial on April 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the agency's offices at 705 Adams St., Toledo. This solemn ceremony will include comments from Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica Health System, music from the Whitmer High School string quartet, and a presentation of the colors from the Springfield High School ROTC program. The public is encouraged to attend.

Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics
In 2016, LCCS received 4,564 referrals for suspected child abuse or neglect, up one percent from 2015. These reports involved 6,822 alleged child victims, and let us to confirm that 1,465 children were maltreated in 2016, up 37 percent from the previous year. Forty-three percent of them were five years old or younger. The most referrals (867) came from the 43605 zip code, but the highest rate of referrals came from the 43604 zip code, where more than 121 of every 1,000 children was the subject of a report of suspected abuse or neglect. Substance abuse was an identified problem for 56 percent of new cases opened for ongoing services in 2016; 62 percent of those cases involved heroin or opiate abuse. Mental health accounted for 37 percent of cases opened.

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