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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse is a community issue.  Every person can help make sure the children of Texas have a brighter future.  Preventing child abuse is up to all of us.  Child abuse prevention measns stopping child abuse and neglect before it happens.  

Research has demonstrated that five important factors can help protect children from the risk of child abuse and neglect.

  1. Nurturing and attachment
  2. Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  3. Parental resilience
  4. Social connections
  5. Concrete support for parents
    Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS). Reports may be made by contacting one of the following:

                     ♦ Texas Abuse Hotline, 1-800-252-5400, http://www.txabusehotline.org

                    ♦ Call 911 for emergency situations

     The following websites might help you become more aware of child sexual abuse:

                     ♦ Prevent Child Abuse America: www.preventchildabuse.org

                    ♦ Prevent Child Abuse Texas: www.preventchildabusetexas.org

                    ♦ Texas Association Against Sexual Assault: www.taasa.org

                    ♦ Child Welfare Information Gateway: www.childwelfare.gov

                    ♦ Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: www.dfps.state.tx.us

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