Thousands of Kansas Citians joined together in wearing blue on Friday, April 6, Wear Blue Day to help spread awareness about child abuse.

Abuse and neglect can have devastating effects — especially in the early years when children’s young brains are developing the most rapidly.

You can prevent abuse and neglect by helping others understand child development and by sharing the child abuse reporting hotline information. In Missouri call 1-800-392-3738. In Kansas call 1-800-922-5330.

People all over the metro sent in photos for the Wear Blue Day context. The photo with the most likes has won tickets to an upcoming show at Sprint Center.  Visit the Prevent Child Abuse KC Facebook page  to learn the winner.

Here are some resources:

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MCHC Staff Left to Right: Anne Biswell, Jean Craig, Cristina Sanchez, Susan McLoughlin and Vanessa Meriwether.