April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 12, 2021
Image description: An illustration of two ribbons. One ribbon is blue, the other is teal. The blue ribbon represents child abuse awareness and the teal one represents sexual assault awareness.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. SAFE is hosting free, online events all month long.

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Children are feeling grief, too

May 26, 2020
An illustration of a child's silhouette. The child's head is filled with white, swirls to depict their mental state as being chaotic. Behind them are blue clouds and out of place letters, symbolizing mental turmoil.

Children need a space where they feel comfortable expressing themselves during the pandemic. Parents can help provide that.

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TEAM FX races to end child abuse

September 6, 2017

TEAM FX is raising money for SAFE’s children’s shelter services while training for the Austin Marathon.

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An On-Ramp to Independence

December 11, 2014

Supervised Independent Living provides skill-building to young adults This week, Austin Children’s Services opened its new Supervised Independent Living (SIL) program, aimed at giving kids more opportunities to learn and practice adult skills. A cottage on the ACS residential campus in East Austin was renovated earlier this year to prepare for the launch. Residents of SIL […]

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Project HOPES Aims to Prevent Child Abuse in Austin

August 9, 2014

At just three years old, Adele was already a danger to other kids in her daycare class. She was hitting other kids, grabbing toys, and had trouble calming herself down. She was overwhelming staff and requiring too much of their time and energy. She was on the verge of being expelled. Every day care in […]

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Austin Children’s Services: Why We Changed Our Name

June 17, 2014

by Kelly White, CEO, Austin Children’s Services The Austin Children’s Shelter officially changed its name last month, to Austin Children’s Services. Here’s why. In the summer of 2013, ACS launched the first of three new community-based programs intended to reach more kids and families in need by keeping them safe in their own homes. First up […]

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We Can – And SHOULD – Do Better By Our Children

November 18, 2013

By Kelly White, CEO, Austin Children’s Shelter “A 19-year-old youth in our transitional living program tells his counselor he is hearing voices that are telling him to get a gun and hurt people.” “A recently-widowed 42-year-old father of two is found by his 5-year old – dead. The cause of death is still being investigated and […]

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Who Reports Child Abuse? Best Answer: All of Us

February 12, 2013

Who reports child abuse? Ideally, the answer would be anyone who suspects that a child is not safe, whether that person is a teacher, a relative, a coach, or a neighbor. In reality, however, more than half of all confirmed child abuse reports come from three sources: schools, medical personnel, and law enforcement. That stands […]

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Child Neglect Just as Dangerous, Damaging as Child Abuse

February 5, 2013

Texas bears the unfortunate distinction in leading the nation in reported cases of child abuse.  Last year, the Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services reported 74,258 cases in Texas. Here’s the breakdown of those cases by type of abuse: 48,999 Neglectful Supervision 11,789 Physical Abuse 5,931 Sexual Abuse 4,679 Physical Neglect 1,583 Medical Neglect […]

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