June 2020

In May, 43   children spent time in our Activity Center. Additionally, our Therapy Department provided 636 services to 252 clients and family members via tele-health services, our Forensic Interviewers conducted 56 interviews on-site, and the Family Advocacy & Support Services Department provided 755 services to 222 clients.
While the school year ahead may be clouded with uncertainty, we do know one thing for sure. No matter what type of classroom setting children will be presented with come fall, they are very much in need of supplies and resources to set them up for a successful year of learning, and this year, the need is greater than ever before.

A single $30 donation buys school supplies for one child. Please purchase supply packs by August 7th to make sure no child who has experienced abuse or neglect goes back to school unprepared.

To donate via text, text SCHOOL to 214.307.9804.

The Healing Hearts Invitational is an event that we love hosting each year and it generates much-needed funds for the children we serve. This year has been challenging as we all continue to navigate through uncharted waters during this global pandemic. Therefore, we have decided to cancel the golf tournament this year.

While we will not be hosting Healing Hearts, we strongly encourage you to explore some of the ways you can stay connected to our mission throughout 2020. The services we offer are critical to children and families victimized by abuse in our community. If you are interested in learning more about the other ways to get involved, please click the link below.

 As part of our mission to promote the safety of all children, we want to extend the opportunity for you to attend our educational workshops online.

In order to provide you with the most useful information, we would like to invite you to take a brief survey on your program of interest. Your feedback will enable us to provide information you feel is most relevant to your needs at this time.
Fears Have Increased

This spring, as the fears of coronavirus impacting North Texas became a reality and schools began to close, we knew this would greatly affect the children of our community.

It is no surprise that reports of child abuse are down. In addition to losing time with extended family members and trusted neighbors, children were abruptly removed from mandated reporters like teachers, camp leaders, and faith leaders who keep a watchful eye over them and are trained in recognizing signs and symptoms of child abuse.

In Collin County alone, reports of child abuse have decreased 37% as compared to this same time last year. This is incredibly concerning to us as the number should be even greater this year with the increase of population in our community.

We understand that this year has been challenging for so many people, but we must not lose sight of those who are suffering behind closed doors. Reports have decreased for the time being, but we know our services will be greatly needed once schools open again in the fall. The children we serve are our greatest priority and we are asking each of you to help. Check on the children you know, pay attention to the children in your neighborhood, and file a report if you suspect abuse. It is up to us as a community to protect the children of Collin County.

If you have any concerns or suspicions of child abuse, call the Texas Child Abuse Hotline. If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

Situations that do not need to be investigated immediately can be submitted online.
Estell & Pope Families • Carolyn & Mark Speese • DADS Advisory Fund • Cathy & Richard Riccardi • B.B. Owen Trust • City-Wide Roofing • Cindy and Tom Heckard • Junior League of Collin County • St. Andrew United Methodist Church Seekers Class • Spark Tank