FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/07/2015
Rep. White Promotes Prevention and Early Intervention of Child Abuse
Austin, TX - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time designated to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. It is crucial to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families across Texas.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has a wide variety of programs. I am proud to support and encourage my constituents to take advantage of these programs. The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program contracts with community-based programs and agencies to provide a variety of services that help prevent abuse, neglect, delinquency, and truancy of Texas children. Among the programs offered under PEI are:
• Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP): A program that informs parents of prevention services in their communities. This program strengthens community and parental involvement in child abuse prevention efforts.
• Community-Based Family Services: This service works with low-risk families investigated by CPS, who do not have confirmed allegations of abuse or neglect. Services under this program include home visitations, case management and parent education.
• Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR): A program that contracts with community agencies to offer family crisis intervention counseling, short-term emergency respite care, and individual and family counseling. This is designed to alleviate conflicts at home, and provides support for truant, delinquent, and run-away youth.
• Texas Families: Together and Safe (TFTS): This approach funds community-based programs designed to relieve stress and promote better parenting.
• Texas Youth and Runaway Hotline: A toll-free hotline that offers crisis counseling and referrals for troubled youth and families. Many callers face problems such as family conflict, delinquency, truancy, and abuse and neglect. The line can be accessed at 1-800-989-6884.
• Help for Parents, Hope for Kids: A campaign through the Special Initiatives Programs of PEI that promotes awareness and encourages child abuse prevention. The campaign can be viewed at www.helpandhope.org.
• Project Help through Intervention and Prevention (HIP): A program that provides voluntary services to families to increase protective factors and prevent child abuse. The program includes family assessment and home visitation along with parent education and support to targeted families.
I ask that my constituents seek out the services available to them so together the Southeast Texas community can prevent child abuse. For a listing of services available in your county go to: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Programs_Available_In_Your_County.
For more information contact my office at (512) 463-0490 or (409) 283-3700.