Child abuse is one of the greatest yet most preventable tragedies of our time. Every year in the United States approximately 900,000 children are victims of child abuse or neglect. Each year 1,500 children die at the hand of their abuser. That’s an average of 4 children each day. We can prevent child abuse by building communities that are committed to families and to support the services they need to raise strong, healthy, and successful children.
The Blanco County Child Protection and Family Advocacy Board is one way this community provides support to children and families in need. It is a non-profit agency dedicated to serving children who are victims of abuse through prevention, education, and intervention. It is a national tradition to observe April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. It is not enough to just care about the problems of child abuse. Every Blanco County resident must pay attention to ways to prevent it from happening. Preventing child abuse is a shared responsibility. We all must play a part in caring for children and supporting families. The law requires any person who believes that a child is being abused, neglected or exploited to report the circumstances to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). To report an emergency, call 911. To report child abuse or neglect, call 1-800-252-5400 or use the DPFS secure website: www.txabusehotline.org.
A banner proclaiming April is Child Abuse Prevention month is placed above Highway 281 in Johnson City and Blanco. Please join the Blanco County Child Protection and Family Advocacy Board to stop the abuse and neglect of our children. We protect our future by protecting our children.