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Governor Abbott's Budget Boosts Prevention by $40 million

Press Release

February 17, 2015 Contact: Madeline McClure, CEO or Dimple Patel, Senior Policy Analyst [email protected] or [email protected]

AUSTIN, Texas—TexProtects, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, is thrilled to learn of the proposed increase of $40 million in funding for child abuse prevention and support for family preservation by Governor Greg Abbott.

The Governor’s budget includes funding to expand evidence based prevention programs, and makes available additional funding for “Family Based Safety Services” and for Parental Safety placements. All of these programs allow the Department of Family and Protective Services to provide much needed supports to struggling parents or other relatives - helping ensure children stay with their families as opposed to being removed and placed into foster care.

The Governor’s budget also allocates new funding to help safeguard military families and address their unique challenges surrounding periods of deployment.

“The support of Governor Abbott to protect children and strengthen families is very encouraging. By improving how the state treats its children, the Governor is helping to ensure a stronger Texas tomorrow. Due to no fault of their own, over 66,000 Texas children are sexually abused, physically beaten or severely neglected every year”, noted TexProtects Founder and CEO, Madeline McClure of Dallas. While the need is even greater, $40 million in additional funding is an excellent start to changing the trajectory of Texas families.

A copy of the Governor’s budget priorities can be found at http://gov.texas.gov/budget.

A copy of the full TexProtects legislative agenda is available at www.texprotects.org/facts/legislative/

TexProtects, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, was created to tackle issues of Child Protective Services (CPS) reform, prevention and public awareness to bring a collective, organized voice representing the needs of children at risk of abuse and survivors of child abuse and neglect. The organization is autonomous, nonpartisan and apolitical, designed to educate decision makers, private funders and the public at large. To date, no one single Texas organization has dedicated its focus on the main issues of protection, prevention, and healing of abused and neglected children.

Most importantly, TexProtects has identified and activated the most powerful and effective constituency to advocate for change in these issues whom had been missing from advocacy action: survivors of child abuse and neglect.

For more information, please visit www.TexProtects.org.

Posted on February 17, 2015.