The Children’s Shelter puts children first. As a leader in child abuse and neglect prevention, and trauma-informed care in San Antonio, The Children’s Shelter engages local, state and federally-elected and civic officials by conducting various advocacy-driven initiatives aimed to educate and champion child abuse and neglect prevention.
The Children’s Shelter is an active member of theTexProtects Home Visitation Consortium and participates in the TexProtects Child Protection Roundtable and Home Visitation Consortium. During legislative sessions, The Children’s Shelter engages in advocacy days and participates in legislative visits with state and federal officials to extend the scope of awareness to public policymakers. Additionally, The Children’s Shelter President/CEO, Annette Rodriguez is an Executive Board Member of the Texas Alliance of Child & Family Services.
Advocacy is driven by the need for children and families served by The Children’s Shelter to have their voices represented at our state and nation’s capitol. The Children’s Shelter works in partnership with advocacy organizations to inform external stakeholders on the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention and the need for increased investment in prevention and early intervention as a means to break the cycle of child abuse.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 2015 Annual Report and Data Book ranked Region 8 (Bexar County & 24 counties) fourth for the highest number of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect at 4,435 cases. In 2015, 10 children passed away due to child abuse and neglect related fatalities in Region 8.
The Children’s Shelter thanks our local, state and federally-elected and civic officials who have and continue to support the critical work to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect in San Antonio and Texas.
The Children’s Shelter President/CEO, Annette Rodriguez provided invited testimony at the Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services about our continuum of care on April 20, 2016. Click on Model of Care for the presentation.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced $40million for child abuse and neglect prevention for the 2016-2017 biennium.