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 National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month 
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Friday, April 4

Blue Eyes 2014

The Child Abuse Prevention Coalition and Partners Invite You to Attend!

Registration: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.  
Program: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Location: Dallas CASA / 2757 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204  
Refreshments Provided and Child Protective Services Staff will be honored.

Special Guests: Rebecca Lopez, WFAA Reporter; Beverly Levy, ED & President Dallas CASA; The Honorable Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge; The Honorable Tena Callahan, 304th Family District Court Judge; Renee McDonald, Ph.D., SMU Schol of Psychology.

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EVENTS AROUND TEXAS

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North Texas, Dallas- Fort Worth Area 

April 1, 4, 15, & 29th-- Free Prevention Training Classes (in Spanish), Fort Worth 

The Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse prevention classes will be held on several dates during the month of April.  You can register on-line athttp://www.allianceforchildren.org/stewards-children. Classes offered in April are free of charge.

Saturday, April 5th--Child Abuse Prevention Open House with Fort Worth Fire Station #23  

Bring the entire family between 10am and 2pm to get special child abuse prevention information.  Food and drink will be provided free of charge courtesy of Fort Worth Firefighters Charities.  The day will also include arts and crafts, games, door prizes and tours of station #23

April 7 & 8th--Alliance for children’s annual pinwheel project, Fort Worth

 Part of the TCU Campus will be covered in thousands blue and white pinwheels during Alliance For Children’s Pinwheel Project on April 7-8, 2014. The TCU College of Education, Department of Social Work and Institute for Child Development have joined with Alliance For Children to raise awareness about child abuse and other crimes against children. The Pinwheel Project will highlight the importance of prevention in observation of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Get your kiddos involved and color your own pinwheel to support our children (free coloring sheet).
 

Have fun and help celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month by making your own pinwheel (free instructions on how to make a pinwheel)

Wednesday, April 9th--Wear Blue Day, Tarrant County

Individuals at businesses, schools and other organizations throughout our community are encouraged to wear blue in honor of Child AbuseBlue Jean Pocket Prevention Month. Participants are asked to post their “Wear Blue” day pictures on our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/AllianceForChildrenTarrant.

Thursday, April 10th--Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

 DCAC is delivering 1,000 toolkits to area businesses, places of worship, municipalities, etc. to encourage them to participate in April in any way that they desire. The CAC also has Ashley Judd coming to speak for their Appetite for Advocacy Event, an annual luncheon in support of Child Abuse Awareness Month. They are encouraging the community to “Show Your Blue” on April 10th by wearing one of the CAC’s t-shirts, hosting a jeans day, or other related activities and sharing a photo on Facebook. http://www.dcac.org

Saturday, April 12th--1Bluestring Project Saturday,Central Market, Fort Worth

Bluestring project is a musician’s movement to raise awareness of sexual abuse in males.  Musicians put one blue string on their guitar to represent the 1 in 6 boys who are sexually abused.  Peace Tree band will be playing at Central Market on Hulen from 7-10pm to show their support of the 1Bluestring Project and child abuse prevention.

Tuesday, April 15th--Prevent Now Lunch, Fort Worth 

Alliance for Children will host a Prevent Now lunch at their Fort Worth center. Prevent Now is a documentary told from the perspectives of adult survivors of child sexual abuse. This powerful program explains the emotional and financial toll child sexual abuse has on our entire community and how individuals can get involved to help prevent this epidemic.  Anyone interested in attending must RSVP on-line at: http://www.allianceforchildren.org/prevent-now.

Wednesdy, April 9th--Go Blue Day! Fannin County

The Child Welfare Board in Fannin County and the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards encouraged everyone to wear blue on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in support of child abuse prevention.

Wednesday, April 9th--Stand Up For Kids! Bonham

Simpson Park in Bonham (Across from IW Evans & LH Rather Schools ,  3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Goodie Bags!  The first 400 kids to arrive can get an Activity List.  As they complete different activities, they can get them checked off.  Once they have completed at least 10 of the activities, kids can turn in their sheet for a great Goodie Bag, filled with great prizes and information.

Tuesday, April 22--Open House at the Fannin County Children’s Center

Join us for our annual open house from 5:00 to 7 pm.  You can take a tour of the facility, network with others, enjoy some light refreshments, view the entries to our annual children’s art contest and more.

 

TexProtects Mission 

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TexProtects measurably reduces the incidence of child abuse and neglect in Texas by:

Giving timely state legislative information and user-friendly briefs on top legislative proposals.

Providing step-by-step instructions on making meaningful changes in critical child abuse policies.

Organizing members and providing training on effective advocacy.

Better equipping workers with lower caseloads, improved training and more support.

Increasing timely and permanent placements for children in the state protective system.

Increasing geographically accessible mental health services that are culturally-sensitive, affordable and effective for victims.

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