BROWNWOOD (April 1, 2016) –DePelchin Children’s Center is raising awareness this month for 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 DePelchin 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 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 with an expertise in trauma, DePelchin serves its community’s most vulnerable children and families and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect.  Our approach to caring for kids integrates at-risk prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children at-risk or within the State’s child welfare system.  Founded as an orphanage in 1892, DePelchin is a non-profit organization with locations throughout Houston and Greater Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.


Media Contact:
Analisa Warren