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Child Crisis Center Assists Families in Need

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 3:27pm

EL PASO — Funding was approved in the amount of $215,117 for the Child Crisis Center of El Paso, which planned to provide respite care for children when parents are in a predicament, they said.

The funding, provided by the Texas Department of Families and Protective Services, will also assist in the parental education that would teach parents the skills needed to raise children in a loving or caring manner, according to the agency.

Parents can reach a crisis counselor 24/7 by calling the CRISIS HOTLINE at 915-562 HOPE (4673). The organization said the program would allow parents a break when they are in the midst of a crisis, and gives us the opportunity to enroll parents in our parenting classes to prevent child abuse and neglect by teaching parents skills for loving and effective parenting.

"In most family situations, a parent has extended family, such as a grandparent, Aunt, brother or sister, to turn to for the care of their child when they need a break" said Al Velarde, Executive Director of the Child Crisis Center of El Paso. "However, there are many parents in our community who do not have extended family support but still face the stresses of daily living and constant care for their children. They are at a greater risk of abusing and neglecting their children and we want to reach out to them so that we can provide that care during their times of need and prevent them from lashing out or turning on their children during stressful times."

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