Texas Senate District 19
April 9, 2008
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and it is during this time that I am reminded of this heartache that still plagues our society. There are many reasons why people abuse or neglect their children, however, none of them are valid excuses. Stress from work or relationships can leave us with little patience to deal with our children. Yet, it is our job as parents, and as adults, to take a step back and react to our children in a calm, collected manner. Children imitate the behavior of others, and it is up to parents and caretakers to set good examples for them to mimic. Patience is the best weapon against a child having a tantrum, and I encourage you to practice this technique the next time you and your child have a disagreement. The key to effective parenting is trying new approaches, learning from your mistakes, and, most important of all, not giving up.
Uresti Opens District Office in Eagle Pass
On Saturday March 15th, State Senator Carlos Uresti spent the entire day in his senatorial district community of Eagle Pass. He participated in the 47th Annual International Friendship Festival Parade upon arrival in the border city. Following the parade, Senator Uresti visited with community leaders, constituents, and elected officials during a grand opening celebration for his new district office inside the historic Maverick County Courthouse and during a reception at the Lucky Eagle Casino on the Kickapoo Nation Reservation.
"The weather on Saturday was perfect. Clear blue skies and the warm sun drew a great crowd for these important events. The International Friendship Festival makes me proud to represent this part of Texas. It is a testament to the unique border culture and the cooperative, symbiotic relationship that Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras share," said Senator Uresti.
The Eagle Pass High School mariachi band, under the direction of Carlos Martinez, and Air Force JROTC Corps, led by Technical Sergeant Rafael Flores, participated in the grand opening ceremony. Mayor Chad Foster, Judge Pepe Aranda, State Representative Tracy King, and Congressman Ciro Rodriguez were among the dignitaries present for the celebration. Representing the Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce, Claudia Wright served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Senator Uresti publicly introduced Lorena Estrada as the Eagle Pass District Office Director. She is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Estrada will work closely with the communities and people of Kinney, Maverick, Uvalde, and Val Verde counties.
"I am humbled by the show of support from both the Kickapoo Tribe and the people of Eagle Pass. I know there is so much opportunity in Maverick County and I look forward to working hard for all 23 counties I represent in the Texas Senate," said Senator Uresti.
How You Can Help in the Fight Against Child Abuse
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and as many of you know, this is an issue that is very close to my heart. In the aftermath of the core-shaking death of Jovonie Ochoa on Christmas Day 2003, I founded the Blue Ribbon Task Force. This task force is a collection of citizens, community leaders, and local businesses who have come together to raise awareness and contribute to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Oftentimes, abuse and neglect can be prevented by making parental support available to parents who just need a little help. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' 2007 Data Book, Texas had 71,344 confirmed cases of child abuse and/or neglect in the 2007 fiscal year. These are children who can be saved and be spared the torment of living another day surrounded by terrible circumstances. Last year, 222 Texas children died before we could get the message of prevention to their caretakers.
A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 1 in 50 infants under the age of 1 are victims of nonfatal child abuse or neglect. What is even more startling is that of those children, nearly a third of them were one week old or younger. I believe these statistics demonstrate an incredible need for not only parental support, but also parental training and education leading up to child birth so that new parents know what to expect when they take their baby home from the hospital. Solving this problem is our responsibility, and I call all of you to take a proactive stance in fighting this injustice. We need to reexamine the way we tackle the problem of child abuse, and I know we must begin from the ground up by looking at root cause issues. Everything from improving public education to increasing access to healthcare will have a positive effect on all Texas families as we work together to right the wrongs of child abuse and neglect.
Surprisingly, contributing to this effort is not a difficult task. Simply go to www.blueribbontaskforce.com and click the “How You Can Help” link. We have many organizations listed that need your help now. Other resources are available at www.childhelp.org and you can call their hotline at 1-800-4-ACHILD for around-the-clock counseling for caretakers in need of immediate support. On a more personal level, you can help parents directly by visiting, and offering to watch their children when stress levels get too high and they are in need of a “time out.” Tell your neighbors about helpful resources such as 2-1-1, and ALWAYS report suspected child abuse. You can make an anonymous report to the Child Abuse Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-252-5400. You might be the only chance a child has, so please don’t let them down.
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2530 SW Military Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78224
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Eagle Pass District Office
501 Main Street, Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
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Austin, Texas 78711