Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Help spread the word on child abuse and neglect

Blue pinwheels being planted

Almost 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually. To help bring awareness to child abuse and neglect, citizens are encouraged to wear the color blue, the color of prevention, on Friday, April 7, 2017.

This activity is being held as part of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. During this month, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) joins Governor Walker’s call for citizens to “Say Something, Do Something for Kids” by learning how to recognize the signs of maltreatment and working together to find solutions to the generational cycle of abuse and neglect.

Child maltreatment comes in many forms and isn’t always visible. Maltreatment can include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse. It is important for individuals to know the warning signs, how to take action by reporting suspected abuse or neglect to a child welfare agency or local law enforcement, and where to get help.

“All children need loving, safe and healthy homes in order to grow and flourish,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson. “DCF staff and our county partners work tirelessly to ensure that children are safe and protected. But, we can’t do it alone. This month, and year round, we call on all Wisconsin’s communities to make a difference in a child’s life. Get involved, help your neighbors, and if you suspect that a child is being maltreated to call your local child protection agency.” 

The Department of Children and Families is responsible for policy, practice and coordination of the Wisconsin’s county run child protection system. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of county human services workers, tribal partners and DCF staff at the Division of Child Protective services, Wisconsin continues to be a leader in ensuring the safety of children. Together we are committed to incorporating a trauma-informed approach to help strengthen and heal families.

But, protecting children requires a complete community effort. During Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention month, we ask all Wisconsin citizens to help break the generational cycle of abuse and neglect by learning how to spot the signs of maltreatment and speaking up if you suspect that a child is in danger.

To learn more about the signs of child abuse and neglect visit https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cps/signs.