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10 Fun Halloween Projects for Kids


Halloween doesn’t have to be about spending a fortune on decorations and costumes. We’ve put together a list of inexpensive and fun crafting projects for the family so you can enjoy the tricks and treats of the season.

Trauma Informed Care for Children in the Child Welfare System


It is heart-wrenching to think about child abuse or neglect—an innocent child subjected to trauma that can cause lasting effects. But this post is about how to negate those potential physical and emotional dangers. Children entering the foster care system are more likely to be victims of complex trauma and polyvictimization through no fault of… Read more »

October Is National Bullying Prevention Month


October is National Bullying Awareness & Prevention Month. As we continue to fight for stability in the lives of abused and neglected children, this is a time to reflect on the emotional and physical abuse that comes not from an abusive home, but from other children.

10 Ideas for Outdoor Activities for Kids


The start to another school year is already upon us, but that doesn’t mean the fun of summer has to stop. We still have plenty of warm days ahead. Keep your kids entertained in the evenings and away from the screen. Try these entertaining outdoor games for the whole family.

Healthy Tips for Kids This School Year


Ready or not, another school year is in full swing. Now. You’re done shopping for new clothes, shoes, super hero backpacks, and necessary school supplies. You’ve taken all the kids for a haircut and talked with them through first day jitters. The back-to-school chaos is over; you can take a breather and consider these tips… Read more »

Bonding Opportunity: Backyard Camping with the Family


You’ve no need to load the family into the SUV and seek out a campground. Enjoy your own backyard and create a memorable and fun experience for everyone (all within comfortable reach of a fridge and bathrooms). Backyard camping is an excellent way to fit in that all-important family bonding time.

How to Train a Child for a 5K Run


A great way to spend time with your child and practice a more active lifestyle in the process is running together. The rewards are actually triple fold—this sport offers a long-term chance to bond! Many parents are looking for a means to become closer with their children. Working toward a common goal is a definite… Read more »

Finding Home: A Success Story for April and Her CASA Advocate


April’s mother was proud of the fact that five-year-old April slept in bed beside her every night, even as an array of strange men occupied the bed on the other side. A neighbor, concerned about April’s safety, contacted Child Protective Services, and April was removed from a dangerous situation.

Identifying the Different Types of Child Abuse


Today, 185 children will be maltreated in Texas. Last year, more than 65,000 cases of abuse and neglect were confirmed in Texas alone. One in four girls are sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday, and one in six boys suffer sexual abuse. Here we identify the four main types of child maltreatment with the hope… Read more »

Risk Factors for Child Abuse and Neglect


Research has revealed many risk factors or attributes associated with child maltreatment. These risk factors may potentially contribute to child abuse and neglect.