April set as Child Abuse Prevention Month
“It Only Takes a Minute to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child” Small, positive actions can make a difference in the life of a child. The focus this year for April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, is to highlight those actions that each of us can take to help raise safe, healthy, resilient children. The theme “It Only Takes a Minute to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child,” brings hope that all children can get a good start in life if the adults around them take small actions that add up to a pattern of supportive com-munity and family environments in which children can grow and develop into productive citizens. According to statistics from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there were181 reported cases of child abuse in Houston County and 162 reported cases of child abuse in Trinity County. “Even one victim of child abuse and neglect is still one victim too many,” said Executive Director Debbie McCall. “Survivors need counseling, social and health services for the rest of their lives in order to recover and to try to break the vicious cycle of abuse and neglect. This affects the health of families and entire communities for generations.” There are lots of small, positive things we can all do to help protect and nurture our children as well as caregivers that only take a minute. A few words of praise and encouragement to a child or the caregiver, listening carefully to what a child has to say, showing a child you care, saying ‘I love you’ – all are simple actions that added together have been shown to have a profound impact on a child’s life. In these very real ways, we can all support children and strengthen families, says McCall. Please join us in helping to prevent child abuse in our community. Observe the blue pinwheels on the East side of the courthouse lawn for the entire month of April. Each blue pinwheel represents a young victim of abuse.