Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services Announces Wear Blue Day to Prevent Child Abuse

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Deonna Kirkpatrick: (216) 432-3342; 

Cleveland, Ohio –April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. All month long Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is asking the community to join in helping to protect children, prevent abuse and neglect, and report those who are responsible.

Last year in Cuyahoga County, the DCFS Hotline 696-KIDS screened more than 15,000 calls for allegations of abuse, neglect or families that needed services. In total 2,231 children were victims of child abuse or neglect.  DCFS works with families to make sure children are safe and that caregivers have the support they need to provide a safe, healthy home environment.

What can you do to support:
  • Wear blue on Wednesday, April 13th in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Terminal Tower will be lit up in all blue to help bring attention to this important issue which impacts families across our area.

  • Take a Selfie – The #PinwheelSelfie campaign is helping bring awareness to this problem across Ohio.  Take a photo of yourself wearing blue and/or with a blue pinwheel which is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. Use #PinwheelSelfie and post to your social media account. Tag DCFS and Cuyahoga County on Facebook @Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services and @Cuyahoga County Government.

  • Learn More - Visit online at to spot signs of abuse or neglect, how to help a child or teen, tips to prevent situations that may lead to abuse or neglect and how to report suspected signs of abuse.

*DCFS leadership available for interviews and data for story development along with blue pinwheels to display and post to social media channels.