Child Abuse Prevention Month Essay Contest

Focus is on raising awareness of child abuse and neglect

(TOLEDO, Ohio - February 2, 2010) - Lucas County Children Services, the
governmental agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and
neglect, is sponsoring an essay contest open to all children in grades 7
and 8 in Lucas County.

The contest theme, “What makes a family, and how does it keep me
safe?” is in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, recognized
nationwide each April. The contest winner and runner-up will have the
opportunity to read their essays aloud during LCCS’ annual Child
Memorial, scheduled for April 30 in downtown Toledo. The winner and
runner-up will also receive $50 and $25 gift certificates,

The essay contest will be judged by a panel of LCCS agency staff, and
it provides an opportunity for young people in Lucas County to become
more aware of the issue of child abuse and neglect. “Child abuse and
neglect occurs in all kinds of families, regardless of the neighborhood
they live in, how much money they make or their ethnic or religious
background. By asking young people to think about this serious issue in
our essay contest, we hope to empower them to speak up if they become
aware of abuse or neglect among their own family or friends,” says
Dean Sparks, LCCS Executive Director.

All Lucas County schools serving students in grades 7 and 8 will
receive information about the contest, and students are encouraged to
work with their teachers to prepare their entries. Home schooled
students may enter directly to the agency. Contest rules are posted on
the Lucas County Children Services website,, or can
be obtained by calling 419-213-3253. Entries can be submitted starting
March 1, and must be received at LCCS by April 6.

About Lucas County Children Services
The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community
in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is
accomplished by working with families, service providers and community
members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting
in safe, stable and permanent families for children.

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