April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a month where we as a community recognize the role and responsibility each of us plays in standing up for children who do not have a voice. DePelchin Children’s Center takes responsibility for that role in standing up for children’s well-being every day.

In 2017, there were 6,551 children who were reported victims of child abuse in Harris County. We invite you to stand with us for these 6,551 children and raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month.

How do I get involved?

Help us tie 6,551 blue ribbons for each of the 6,551 victims

  • Throughout April, bring your family, friends or organization to tie ribbons on our fence line at Memorial and Sandman. Tie one ribbon or 100 ribbons – it’s up to you! Contact Analisa Warren, manager of public relations, if you are interested: awarren@depelchin.org

Speak up on social media

  • Download a blue ribbon to post to your Facebook page or Twitter feed. 


  • Help us raise $6,551 and aid our work with child abuse victims we see every day.

Know the Signs and What to Do:

Signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse:

  • Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises or welts
  • Anti-social behavior and problems in school
  • Fear of adults
  • Self-destructive or suicidal behavior
  • Depression and lack of concentration
  • Continually dirty or wearing unsuitable clothing for weather
  • Inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual acts

What to do if you believe a child is being abused:

  • Stay calm and be reassuring
  • Listen, but do not press for information
  • Call your local police or the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400
  • In an emergency, call 911