Event Highlights Solutions: Lubbock Has Highest Child Abuse Rates in TX

United Way says child abuse rates in Lubbock County are the highest in the state of Texas.
LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) -- Child abuse rates in Lubbock County are the highest in the state of Texas. On average, four children a day become victims of abuse and neglect in our community. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and will kick off a few days early with a Breakfast hosted by the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention (CCAP) and Covenant Children’s Hospital.

The Kickoff Breakfast will be held at the Covenant Lakeside Campus, Arnett Room, on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 AM. Special Guest Speakers will include Senator Robert Duncan, District Attorney Matt Powell, and Sheriff Kelly Rowe.

Following the breakfast, Covenant Children’s Hospital will host a continuing education Child Abuse Summit in the same location from 8:45 AM to 4 PM. Due to outstanding community response both events are currently sold out. For more information or to check if seats have opened up call (806) 725-3105 or email cme@covhs.org.

The purpose of the Child Abuse Summit is to enhance clinicians’ recognition of child abuse, related to neglect, abuse, and sexual abuse, and to identify how to advance the reporting and treatment of child abuse during early warning signs. Featured speakers include Andy Bowman, MD; James Gutheil, MD; Matt Kliethermes, PhD; Donna Neel, RN; Patti Patterson, MD; Patricia Salazar, RN; Jonathan Skelton, MD; and Jeffrey Wherry, PhD.

Other upcoming Child Abuse Awareness Events include:
  • South Plains CCAP Go Blue for Lubbock’s Children - Friday, April 4
  • Children’s Advocacy Center's Stand Up for Kids - Saturday, April 5
  • Family Guidance Center's Memory Ride & Candlelight Vigil - Sunday, April 6
  • Region 17's Early Childhood Conference - Friday, April 11
  • CASA's Tech Theta Color Dash - Saturday, April 19
  • Family Guidance Center's Blue Ribbon Rally - Saturday, April 26
For more information on the many events happening during Child Abuse Awareness Month visit www.liveunitedlubbock.org/GoBlue.

(Information from United Way of Lubbock)

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