AUSTIN (April 1, 2014) – Caring Family Network, an affiliate of DePelchin Children’s Center, is raising awareness this month about the victims of child abuse across the State of Texas.
“It takes the work of the community as a whole when it comes to preventing child abuse,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO. “We must ensure parents have the knowledge and skills necessary to care for their children and we want to the community to know we are a resource when it comes to promoting children’s well-being.”
Interview opportunities to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month available with Caring Family Network experts regarding:
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
About Caring Family Network
Caring Family Network (CFN) is a foster care and adoption agency licensed by the State of Texas. Since 1992, CFN has provided loving, nurturing and healing homes to abused and neglected children of Central Texas by partnering with foster parents throughout the state. Through extraordinary work, dedication, and commitment by our licensed foster parents and experienced treatment teams, we provide therapeutic services to over 600 abused and neglected children annually. Caring Family Network is also an affiliate of DePelchin Children's Center, one of the largest providers of children's mental health, foster care, and adoption services in Texas.
About DePelchin Children's Center
DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. For more than 120 years, DePelchin has been turning lives around with comprehensive care for children, including psychiatric services, counseling, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, residential treatment, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies. Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.