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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
COLDSPRING -- April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month, and the San Jacinto County Child Welfare Board will be handing out blue ribbons to encourage each person to wear the blue ribbon to signify that they stand for the children of San Jacinto County. Wearing the blue ribbon reminds the public of the bruises that abused children endure and signifies that each person will do everything possible to help prevent children from being abused. On April 26, at Trades Day in Coldspring, the Child Welfare Board will be handing out blue ribbons, prevention information, and stuffed animals with blue bows to all children who come by the gazebo on the courthouse square. Texas continues to hold the rank of number one among all 50 states in child abuse fatalities. In Texas, a child dies from abuse every 38 hours, yet Texas ranks last in providing child abuse prevention services. Abused children are much more likely to engage in substance abuse, perform poorly in school or become juvenile delinquents. The cost in Texas taxpayer's dollars annually to pay the financial price of child abuse is in the billions. This amount includes the cost of child protective services, foster care, courts, law enforcement, hospital, medication, and mental health care. The San Jacinto County Child Welfare Board must be the voice for the children in our county and give them hope. The blue ribbon campaign will advertise the mission of protecting and providing care needed for those innocent and brave children who, through no fault of their own, have become victims because the adults in their lives have failed them.