One of the main duties of Hamilton County Job and Family Services is operating Hamilton County’s child abuse hotline: 241-KIDS. In 2011, the hotline received almost 65,000 calls, resulting in more than 5,600 allegations of abuse or neglect.
That may seem like a lot, but studies show that far more cases of abuse or neglect go unreported each year, meaning thousands of children are suffering in silence.
Often, it is because people don’t recognize the signs or afraid to make the call.
That’s why each of the 88 children’s services agencies in the state will join together this April in asking you to wear blue to help raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.
Last year was Hamilton County’s first year participating in Wear Blue to Work Day, which replaced the former Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, and I think we can declare the day a success.
Not only was our own staff energized to help build awareness, but staff from the United Way, several of our partners and some local television personalities joined us in these efforts. On a statewide level, the campaign was successful too as Governor John Kasich, legislators and other officials participated by wearing blue and posting their pictures on Facebook.
This year, we want you to join us. Start by saving the date: remember to wear blue April 10. Then like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hcjfs. Throughout the month of April we’ll be posting important tips about spotting child abuse and neglect and how you can help children who have experienced abuse. On April 10, post a picture of yourself on our wall wearing blue with friends, family or co-workers.
With your help we can make a strong statement: child abuse is preventable.