NEWS RELEASE web-logo-maybs
For Immediate Release
Date: April 4, 2017
Contact: Julie Dion
Phone: 904-249-9784, Office

Family Matters Rallies to Spread Child Abuse Awareness

Washington, DCFamily Matters of Greater Washington is asking everyone to wear blue on Wednesday, April 12th, in support of child abuse prevention month.

Family Matters works with the community to promote positive change in a culture that has become too tolerant of violence, especially among children and adolescents.  They believe the first step to bringing about lasting change is protecting children from the risk of violence and abuse, while also being a resource for strengthening families.

Family Matters asks that everyone wear at least one article of blue clothing on April 12th and shares that action with friends, family, co-workers and the public. Wearing blue shows that the greater DC area will band together to help put a stop to the epidemic of child abuse.

“We encourage you to support our initiative and make a commitment to the youth,” explained Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and CEO of Family Matters. “We need to come together to end child abuse and ensure that all children are safe and that every child receives the support they need to thrive. For more than a century, Family Matters has put children first and helped strengthen families. ”

The Capital Wheel, an iconic area attraction, will light up blue in support of Family Matters and Wear Blue Day. The Maryland Ferris Wheel overlooks the Potomac and is a popular site for both locals and tourists in the greater DC area. If you participate in Wear Blue Day, please share your photos on social media using the hashtag #WearBlueDC in support of Family Matters and the prevention of child abuse.


About Family Matters of Greater Washington

Family Matters of Greater Washington, Inc. creates and delivers compassionate solutions that empower, enrich, and elevate all ages. Founded in 1882, Family Matters of Greater Washington (FMGW) is one of the oldest, nationally accredited social service organizations in the Washington metropolitan area and has maintained its leadership and reputation of excellence. Today, Family Matters provides assistance that impacts more than 15,000 children, youth, families and seniors each year. The spectrum of programs include: therapeutic and traditional foster care; youth development programs; mental health/counseling services; and services and activities for seniors.