April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

April is child abuse awareness and prevention month

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. So look for pinwheel gardens around Granbury symbolizing a commitment of ensuring all children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities.

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 In the video, during the Granbury city council meeting, Tuesday April 3rd. Mayor Nin Hulett reads a proclamation.  Stating that April 2018 was child abuse prevention and awareness month.

The director from the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center and two others were present to hear the reading. Afterwards all three took a picture with the mayor to remember the event. 

The Mayor asked that all citizens show their support by painting the town blue. 

 

Help end child abuse "Paint the town BLUE"

Businesses are showing their support and standing up to child abuse in Granbury

You can show your support by replacing your porch light with a blue light bulb. Or by tying blue ribbons to your trees or fence post. Blue flags and light bulbs may be available from CASA. Additionally, every Friday during April is “show your blue” day. Making it easy to show your support by just wearing blue. 

The city and county are showing its spirit of awareness by showcasing pinwheel gardens on each corner of the square. Plus flying blue CASA flags around the courthouse lawn. Small businesses are also supporting the cause by placing awareness ribbons and flyers on their storefront.

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

Two local organizations help the children of Hood county year round.

The Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center
Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center

The Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center opened its doors on September 1, 2006 and was the 61st center to open in the state of Texas.

“The vision of Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center is to reduce the trauma to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members and to work toward improving the justice system’s response to child abuse by uniting the efforts of public agencies and enlisting community support”.

MissionGranbury.org
Moving adults and children from crisis to self-sufficiency.

CASA of Hood and Somervell counties is a core program for Mission Granbury. With a focus on guiding volunteers through Court Appointed Special Advocates program. Serving the children of the 18th, 249th, and 355th district courts of Hood and Somervell Counties.

To become a advocate you must complete 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of in-service training per year. Additionally, background checks and finger printing. Once complete volunteers are sworn in and assigned to cases of children in need. The newest hood county advocates were sworn in April 4th 2018 by Judge Ralph Walton in the 355th Judicial District Court.

Children need our help preventing abuse and raising it's awareness

According to Texas CASA more than 20,000 children are removed from their homes because of severe abuse or neglect. As a result caseworkers responsible for the children can handle 30 or more cases at one time. While Judges have only a few minutes to make critical decisions about a child’s future.

CASA lessens the burden on the child welfare and court systems. The CASA advocates give abused and neglected children the attention they need. They research their children’s situation and need. Bringing that information to the court. Therefore placing children in safe, permanent homes faster.

Texas CASA is the voice of children at the Texas Capitol. By engaging in legislative advocacy efforts. Helping volunteers to serve these children through the promotion of public policies.

Emily’s Dragon tells the emotional story of a young girl removed from her home and placed in foster care. Allowing a CASA volunteer make a difference during this critical point in her life. Furthermore, last year 52 children like Emily were removed from their home each day in Texas. Children being placed in the child protection system as a result. By becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness”.

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