Child Abuse Prevention Month


Child Abuse Prevention Month is fast approaching! We’re looking forward to another April full of activities, events and spotlights to help raise awareness about the important issue of child abuse and neglect prevention.  Join us throughout the month as we work together to stop child abuse and neglect.
Wednesday, April 10 – WEAR BLUE
Help us paint the county BLUE to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month and ‘join the movement’ to stop child abuse and neglect.
Wednesday, April 10 – Wear Blue to the Zoo
All guests who wear blue to the Akron Zoo will receive free admission and free popcorn will be provided!
Wednesday, April 10 – Minions at the Museum
Meet the Minions* at Akron Children’s Museum! All guests who wear blue on this date will receive $1 off the entrance fee!
*Minion Look-Alikes
Sunday, April 28 – Blue Sunday
Blue Sunday is a day where faith communities across Summit County are encouraged to join together and take time during their services to pray for the victims of child abuse and for those who work to serve and protect them.
Tuesday, April 30 – 13th Annual Appreciation Breakfast 
It’s a “salute to those who care!” Join us as we recognize the achievements of advocates, community leaders and other community partners who continually support the children and families we serve.
Prevention Focused Webinars
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is to hosting four prevention focused webinars to help raise awareness about some of the great services in our state designed to support children and families. These webinars are free and open to all Ohio parents and professionals. 
  • April 4th at 11am  – “Triple P Fear-Less: A Parent Educator’s Toolbox to Support Families Parenting an Anxious Child or Teen,” presented by, Susan McDonald, Knox County HeadStart
  • April 11th at 11am  – “Portage County Prevention and Beyond,” presented by, Leanne Biltz, Children’s Advocacy Center of Portage County
  • April 18th at 11am – “Guernsey Cares: Coordinating Access to Resources, Education, and Services,”  presented by, Lori Robson, East Central Ohio Educational Service Center
  • April 25th at 11am – “The Map Forward Project: Neuroscience for Hopeful Futures,” presented by, Tammy Baumgartel, Albany Counseling Services


You can find out more information about each webinar and register here: April National Child Abuse Prevention Month Events | Ohio Children’s Trust Fund
History of National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first observed in 1984 by proclamation by President Ronald Reagan to raise the awareness of the important issue of child abuse and neglect.  Since 1987, SCCS has observed and celebrated Child Abuse Prevention Month (aka Child & Family Awareness Month) annually to educate people about child abuse and neglect prevention and to help build a solid foundation of strong community support for children and families.
How You Can Help
  • Make the difference, make the call.  Calls of suspected child abuse and neglect are to be made to our 24-Hour Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline:  (330) 434-KIDS (5437).
  • Be the Reason Kids are Safe!  Consider becoming a foster parent.  Call our 24-Hour Foster Care & Adoption Inquiry Line at (330) 379-1990.
  • Donate or volunteer!  There are many ways you can support children and families.  Call our Volunteer & Donation Line at (330) 379-1994.
  • Request a speaker!  Help us educate the community about SCCS and the important work we do to protect children and support families.  Call our Speakers Bureau at (330) 379-2089 or click here.
For additional information, please contact Summit County Children Services at (330) 379-1994 or at [email protected].  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
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