April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Texas communities make child abuse prevention a priority

Child abuse is a sickness that gnaws at the very fabric of our society and, as with any disease, prevention is more effective than attempting a cure. That’s why the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is teaming up with local governments and community groups across Texas in a call to action against child abuse. During the month of April, DFPS is participating in events statewide.

In a proclamation, Governor Rick Perry encouraged all Texans to join him in renewing their commitment to preventing child abuse and learning what to do to promote the safety and well-being of children.

Last year, 280 Texas children died because of abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or guardians, and 68,326 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect. On any given day, there were more than 17,000 Texas children and teenagers in foster care.

We can all reduce child abuse and its terrible toll by accepting that abuse happens and by taking action when we can. Listen to what children are saying, observe and recognize the signs of child abuse, and don’t assume someone else will do something. It's up to you