FANNIN COUNTY, TX-- As part of April's, Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, the Fannin County Children's Center is releasing encouraging numbers that show a significant decrease in reported cases of child abuse.
Numbers from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services show a drop in reported cases from 427 in 2010 to 333 in 2011.
Data shows that over the past 7 years, reports of abuse ranged in the 400's, until last year.
Staff at the Children's Center in Bonham have listed the following events as part of their recognition of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month:
The community is invited to the annual open house at the Children's Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham. It will be a come and go event from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 19. Winners of the children's art contest will be recognized and all entries will be on display. Tours, refreshments and networking opportunities will also be included.
"Stand Up For Kids" is a come and go event from 3:30 to 5:30 pm on Monday, April 23 at Simpson Park in Bonham, across the street from IW Evans and LH Rather Schools. The free family fun event will include bouncy houses, pony rides, petting zoo, puppet shows, games, food and prizes.
On April 24, MoCheezy Ultimate Burgerz at 1017 N. Center in Bonham will donate a portion of their sales to the Children's Center.
Blue Sunday is April 29. On this day, churches are encouraged to say prayers for children who are abused and for the professionals and volunteers who are working to end child abuse. For more information, go to www.bluesunday.org.
"No Excuse for Child Abuse" is the slogan of the month. Local businesses, schools and churches with outdoor marquee signs are encouraged to post this slogan on their signs during the month of April. The Children's Center is still selling t-shirts, banners and yard signs with this slogan on them. For more information, go to www.fanninccc.org or call (903) 583-4339.