April is CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Join CASA this month as we raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention in our community. Keep reading for ways that YOU can be part of prevention and awareness efforts near you!
DID YOU KNOW
- Last year (2022), there were 56,944 confirmed new victims of child abuse or neglect in Texas
- Last year, there were 38,294 child victims of abuse and neglect in the custody of CPS in the state of Texas. Of those, 108 were from Walker, San Jacinto, & Trinity Counties
- In the last five years alone, CASA of Walker, San Jacinto, & Trinity Counties has provided service to 417 child victims of abuse/neglect
The work of a CASA is meaningful and impactful – not just to the children served but to our entire community. We believe that CASAs radically impact the trajectory of children’s lives, and that the role we play in the lives of foster children is critical to their long-term success. However, we can’t do what we do without the generous support of donors in our community! Every $5 donation goes a long way, and we’d love to have you partner with us! Click HERE to donate online to CASA today (or Venmo a gift to @casawst).
COFFEE FOR A CAUSE
Throughout the month of April, CASA will be partnering with a handful of local coffee shops to spread awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our custom coffee sleeves share information about our mission and purpose and point you to THIS site, where you can learn more about becoming involved. Did you purchase a coffee with one of these sleeves? Snap a photo and share to social media with a fact that you learned about CASA or about Child Abuse Prevention in your home community! #CASACoffeeForACause
GO BLUE DAY
Friday, April 14, 2023, is the official Go Blue Day for Texas and thousands of Texans will wear blue, the official color of prevention, to show their support for ending child abuse. Wear CASA Blue on that day, and encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same!
PINWHEEL PLANTING & Proclamations
Join us at the Walker County Courthouse Gazebo on April 6th at 2:00pm. County Judge Colt Christian will officially recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we’ll “plant” pinwheels and signs around the courthouse lawn to be displayed throughout the month. In addition, the San Jacinto County Child Welfare Board will be setting up a Child Abuse Prevention Month display on the courthouse lawn in Coldspring (April 3rd at 10:00am), and we’ll be joining Kalin’s Center in Trinity County on April 11th (12:00pm) for a proclamation ceremony. We hope to see you there!
Blue Sunday is an annual event where churches pray for the victims of child abuse and those who care for them. Originally starting with 20 churches, Blue Sunday has grown into an international effort with more than 2 million participants. This year’s Blue Sunday is on April 30, 2023, and our CASA program will be partnering with churches in Walker, San Jacinto, & Trinity Counties to not only spread awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month but also share with members of the faith community how they can get involved with CASA. Would your church like to be involved with Blue Sunday (give out information, show a video, receive a CASA prayer guide)? Reach out to Janet (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more!
Have you seen blue pinwheels at our office or around town somewhere? The pinwheel is recognized as the national symbol for child abuse prevention. “Pinwheels for Prevention” serves as a reminder of the safe and great childhoods we want for all children! Want to display a pinwheel (or a few) at your business as a sign of support for our cause? Reach out to Emily (email@example.com) to get connected!
Volunteer With us
CASA is always on the search for new volunteers! Whether you may be interested in becoming a CASA Advocate, a Board Member, or a support member for one of our many committees, we’d love to find a place to get you involved. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get plugged in or visit our webpage with information about volunteering as a CASA Advocate.