BONHAM, TEXAS – North Texas Children’s Advocacy Center’s in Fannin, Grayson, Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro and Tarrant counties have joined together to raise awareness of child abuse during the month of April. April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. During this month the Fannin County Children’s Center encourages individuals and organizations to stand up for children in their community through awareness and education. We all can play a part in promoting children’s social and emotional well-being and preventing child maltreatment within our community. We believe there’s No Excuse for Child Abuse and that everyone can Stand up for Children.
“At the Children’s Center, we hear and see heartbreaking stories of child abuse every day. Child abuse should not be tolerated in our community. It’s up to all of us to stand up for children and report suspected abuse when we see it,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.
“For the last several years, we have been promoting the use of the slogan No Excuse for Child Abuse,” said Barber. “It’s exciting to see this message spread to other north Texas counties.”
Throughout the month of April, there will be events and opportunities for members of our community to take part in as well as simple actions that can make a huge difference in raising awareness of our cause. Individuals can send out a story via email, post something to a Facebook page, or Tweet a compelling statistic. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do; just consider taking some simple action during the month. Events in Fannin County include:
April 10 – Go Blue Day – Organizations and individuals throughout our community may wear blue in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.
April 10 – Stand Up for Kids! – Wear blue and join us for a free, family fun day from 3:30 to 5:30 at Simpson Park in Bonham. There will be free pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy houses, puppet shows and more!
April 25 – 20th Anniversary Open House – Join us as we celebrate twenty years of serving children with an open house from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Children's Center at 112 W. 5th in Bonham. We will have tours, birthday cake, other refreshments, children’s art work and lots of networking opportunities. Presentations will start at 5:30 pm.
April 28 – Blue Sunday – places of worship are encouraged to pray for abused children and the volunteers and professionals who serve those children. For more information, go to www.bluesunday.org.
The Children’s Center is also taking orders for Blue Shirts and Signs with the No Excuse for Child Abuse slogan. Most shirts are $10 each. Yard signs are $10 and banners range in price from $15-$35, depending on the size. Order forms with more details are available on the center’s website www.fanninccc.org or call the center at (903) 583-4339.
The agency’s website also includes more information and ideas about how you can join in the efforts around Child Abuse Awareness Month. Also visit www.noexcuse4childabuse.org for information about the signs of child abuse and how to make a report of suspected abuse.