When it comes to the welfare of the children in our state, any good news is welcome. There is no more important task put before our communities, our elected officials and our families than caring for and protecting the youngest and most innocent among us. Therefore, while knowing that even just one child in Texas dies from abuse or neglect is tragic, it should be recognized as progress that the number of boys and girls who pass away under such horrific and often preventable circumstances is declining.
The state’s Department of Family and Protective Services has reported that 149 children died from abuse or neglect in the past fiscal year, which marks the fourth consecutive year that this number has dropped. We are still failing some of our kids and the systems in place must continue to improve, but more children are staying alive in Texas than they were a few years ago. This is a good thing and it makes the statement that Texas is focused on improving the lives of its children and families.
In some of the instances that created the drop in cases, the intervention of social services made the difference. Other times, an adult in the room demanded change because in order to save the lives of children, a dangerous relationship must be brought to an end. I see both men and women in my office who realized long ago that their marriages were not healthy and those ties needed to be severed, but it was finally acknowledging the impact that abuse or addiction was having on kids in the home that forced them to act.
If your children are being harmed, or if you are facing violence in your home, you need to leave. It can be frightening to stand up and defy the abuser, but there is help out there. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who first will listen as you share your individual situation and then develop a legal plan that will get you safe and moving forward.
Please contact our office today. We do not have all of the resources you need to rebuild a safer and stronger family, but we definitely are an important and helpful part of the strategy.