Commissioners Court Proclaims April as Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Month
Social service agencies will gather Saturday for YouthFest, a community-wide event for children & families
Above, representatives from social service agencies turned out in support of Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Month Left to right, front row, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Tricia Schneider of CASA of Central Texas; Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, Julia Simon, Greater San Marcos Youth Council, Beth Gonzales, Child Protective Services, Kellie Wylie, GSMYC; second row, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Sara Lee Underwood; Julia Ramsay New, GSMYC, Kimberly Key, CASA; Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant; third row, Lee Ikels, Hays County Child Protective Board, Rob Edwards, CASA, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones and Jerret Swierc, CASA. Many organizations will be participating in Youthfest on April 5 and the public is invited to enjoy the fun.
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court Tuesday proclaimed April as Child Abuse Recognition and Awareness Month and thanked the social services, judicial and law enforcement agencies, as well as schools and volunteers, who actively work to protect the most vulnerable citizens. In Hays County, 283 children were victims of child abuse in 2013 and many more were alleged victims.
Locally, numerous groups partner to help prevent child abuse and bring predators to justice: Hays County Child Protective Board, District Attorney’s Office, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Roxanne’s House, Greater San Marcos Youth Council, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), city police departments, Sheriff’s Office and Central Texas Medical Center have joined forces to provide a united effort and offer prevention and supportive services to child victims and their families.
The Court also proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month, noting that Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center provided direct services to 406 victims of sexual assault in Hays and Caldwell County in 2013, including 294 victims from Hays County.
On Saturday, April 5, YouthFest will feature free art activities, children’s talent show and information from all Hays County social service agencies, with giveaways and free games. Concessions, a train ride and jumping castle will be available for a nominal fee. The San Marcos Animal Shelter will be there with furry friends to pet and hold. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. C.M. Allen Pkwy, San Marcos.