April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 171 children died in Texas as a result of abuse and neglect in 2015—that’s 20 more fatalities than 2014.
To honor these victims and spread awareness, the Child Abuse Resource and Education team, or CARE team, at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, a member of Ascension, held a remembrance ceremony with local partners in the hospital’s healing garden.
Representatives from The Center for Child Protection, Upbring, local law enforcement, hospital chaplains and a local survivor of child abuse attended the ceremony. At the event, Dell Children’s used blue ribbons to symbolize each life lost to child abuse and neglect.
Dr. Kelly Liker, medical director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Dell Children’s, says talking about child abuse, while difficult, is one way to increase awareness and can help inform parents about ways to prevent it.
“As a parent, or as a caregiver of a child, it’s extremely important to be able to recognize when we are frustrated, when we might need a break and when we might need to rely on some support for help,” Liker said.
Last year the CARE team at Dell Children’s consulted more than 500 children. The team is specially trained to provide medical and psychosocial assessments when abuse or neglect is suspected. The team works with medical specialists and non-medical community partners including law enforcement and Child Protective Services to provide comprehensive care to children.
Dell Children’s is proud to partner with Drew and Brittany Brees of The Brees Dream Foundation to make a positive difference in the lives of every child in the community.
For more information or to donate visit supportseton.org/dell-children/give/care-program.