Drivers who passed by DePelchin’s Memorial Drive fence line in April could not help but notice its royal blue sheen. The color transformation was the collective hue of 5,929 blue ribbons — one for each victim of child abuse or neglect in Harris County last year.

DePelchin tied the ribbons as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month with assistance from individuals and organizations from across the community.

“The goal of the ribbon-tying was not only to raise awareness but also to give a voice to the thousands of voiceless children who need someone to stand up for them,” says Gail Biro, DePelchin’s vice president of child welfare services. “The community rallied to join us in our endeavor, and we are so grateful for their support.”

Biro adds that DePelchin’s commitment to preventing and addressing child abuse goes beyond its annual ribbon campaign.

“Every day, we confront the issue of child abuse across each of our service lines. From parent education classes to counseling to foster care services, we work hard to prevent — and end — this tragic issue.”

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