The time has come for us to END child abuse and neglect. It’s time for each of us to take a stand and to make sure that Texas is a safe place for all of our children to live and grow up.
Last year, 211 Texas children died from abuse and neglect. That’s 211 too many and it means a child’s life ended every 41 hours.
Every April we take a break from our busy lives, we wear blue ribbons, maybe attend an activity and say that these children are in our hearts. But with over 64,000 confirmed child abuse/neglect victims in 2012 – 60 percent under the age of 6 – we are not doing enough.
Children who are abused and do not get help to heal are more likely to grow up to be abusers, have mental health problems, drop out of school, end up homeless, have children before they’re ready, turn to crime, and strain our already fragile social safety net. This spiral not only threatens the future of the child, but also of our state.
We have the opportunity to change that by getting involved.
Too many children in the overburdened foster care system are slipping through the cracks and are in danger of becoming a statistic. One way you can help them is to become involved with Bluebonnet CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates®). One person can make a difference by standing up and speaking up for a child in foster care.
Each of us has an obligation and an opportunity to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. If you see abuse, report it to (800) 252-5400 or go to www.txabusehotline.org . If a child’s life is in danger call 911. If you want to make a difference, become a CASA volunteer. Call Bluebonnet CASA at 325-347-6474.
We challenge you to stand with us and demand a stop to child abuse and neglect. If we all come together, maybe we won’t need a Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Lift up a child’s voice……a child’s