Coronavirus Could Spike Another Epidemic—in Child Abuse
HOW YOU CAN ADVOCATE
The best advocates for children during this fraught, challenging time are you:
- Friends, neighbors and extended family members can replace the eyes and ears of teachers and counselors to report suspected child abuse.
- Drop off small items to ease parents’ stress—anything from a couple of bags of groceries to a few rolls of toilet paper to a stack of coloring books and crayons could make a difference. ASK what you can do to help while maintaining social distancing.
- Check in virtually with those you know who have young children, especially those under five, who are at the highest risk for abuse.
- Pinwheels for Prevention: In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. Throughout April, you can celebrate the lives of loved ones by honoring them with a pinwheel. Color one in with this Pinwheels for Prevention coloring sheet—or try making your own pinwheel with this helpful guide.
If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) toll-free at 1-800-252-5400, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also file a report via the TDFPS Abuse Hotline website.
For parents who’re struggling with keeping their children safe and healthy during this crisis, United Way has put together a list of resources and tips for how to parent safely.