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El Paso community asked to wear blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - In 2013, Child Protective Services reported 2,259 confirmed victims of child abuse in the El Paso area; in four of those cases, the child died of abuse or neglect.

The community on Wednesday wore blue to raise awareness of child abuse prevention.

CPS officials also celebrated the grand opening of the agency's new facility, located at 501 Hawkins Blvd.

The new building is equipped with infant and toddler rooms to accommodate victims.

El Paso County recognizes the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. All month long, CPS is hosting events to put the spotlight on preventing, recognizing and reporting child abuse.

April 12
7th Annual Family Fun Fair
Strengthening families with interactive, fun activities and community resources.
Time: 9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Album Park, 3001 Parkwood

April 24
Casas for CASA fundraiser
Dinner, auction/silent auction of amazing playhouses to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of El Paso.
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Grace Gardens, 6701 Westside Drive.

Department of Family and Protective Services Hotlines and Websites
Texas Youth and Runaway Hotline (1-888-580-HELP) & website: www.TexasYouth.org
Adoption: AdoptChildren.org
Infant Sleeping Death Prevention: BabyRoomToBreathe.org
DFPS website: www.dfps.state.tx.us