Help us tie 5,812 blue ribbons to our fence line for the 5,812 victims of child abuse

HOUSTON (April 1, 2017) – DePelchin Children’s Center issued a challenge to the community today for Child Abuse Prevention month. DePelchin asked people to stand with the 5,812 victims of child abuse in Harris County by helping tie 5,812 ribbons to their fence line at Memorial Drive and Sandman. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there were 5,812 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Harris County last year.  People driving along Memorial Drive will notice a large banner on DePelchin’s fence line saying: One Ribbon, One Victim. Help DePelchin Stop Child Abuse.  

“Child abuse prevention is a cause very important to DePelchin because we see the devastating effects of abuse in our foster care children and work hard every day to prevent the abuse in the first place through our prevention programs,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO. “We have set a lofty goal of tying 5,812 ribbons because each ribbon represents a child who cannot speak for themselves. We are challenging the community to join us in giving a voice to these children – our community’s children - who are victims of abuse.”

How people can get involved:

  • Bring yourself or bring friends, family, organizations or businesses to come out and tie blue ribbons.
  • People can tie one ribbon or 100 ribbons. There is no set number and no set time commitment to be a part of this effort.
  • Contact Analisa Warren, Manager of Public Relations, to arrange a visit:     

About DePelchin Children's Center:
DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy. An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. Our approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system. Founded in 1892, DePelchin is a nonprofit organization with locations throughout Houston and across Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.