In 2017, child deaths decreased from 222 to 172 statewide while deaths in Bexar County decreased from 11 to 8 compared to 2016. While down year over year, there were still 5,588 confirmed abuse and neglect cases last year.
"Though child abuse statistics indicate a slight move in the right direction, they are still unacceptable because child abuse is preventable, and a child dying due to circumstances we can control is deplorable. Together, we must raise awareness that resources are available. Bringing a parent struggling with young children together with community advocates may make a difference and save lives." said Senator Carlos Uresti
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month many local organizations will host events that are not only fun, but also informative. Please consider attending an event near you, or donating to one of the organizations below. In Bexar County, several events include:
The Blue Breakfast - April 4th, 9:00am - 10:30am
Description: A symposium hosted by SJRC of community leaders speaking on child abuse
Location: The Veranda, 1746 Lockhill Selma, San Antonio, TX 78213
Participants: Free event that is open to the public, breakfast is included.
Contact: Space is limited, please reserve your spot at: https://thebluebreakfastbexar.eventbrite.com
Kids Day in the Park– April 14th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Description: Free event for families to enjoy live music, entertainment, resource booths & games for kids
Location: San Pedro Park-2200 N. Flores San Antonio, TX 78212
Participants: Community Partners-open to the public
Contact: Joel Sanchez, email@example.com
Bexar County Family Day Out: A Family Health Resource Fair – April 14, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Description: Free family event with food, door prizes, games for the kids and free health screenings.
Location: Sul Ross Middle School-3630 Callaghan Rd. San Antonio, Tx. 78228
Participants: Open to the public-multiple community partners including SAFD and Law Enforcement
Contact: Kimberly Hill (210) 259-3461.
United Way Kid’s Festival – April 28th, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Description: Free family event with food, music, entertainment, booths, and games for the kids.
Location: Lockwood Park-801 N. Olive St. San Antonio, TX 78202
Participants: Open to the public, multiple community partners
Contact: www.unitedwaysatx.org/kids-festival/ Phone: (210) 352-7106