ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – For some families self isolation has brought them closer, but, unfortunately, this isn’t the case with every family.
Marci Leffler, CPS Community Engagement Specialist, said, “the only eyes that are on kids are the eyes that may be abusing them and there are lots of families that are having a great time at home, enjoying having their kids home but there are other families that this is a really stressful situation so we just encourage the community to keep their ears and eyes open.”
In 2019 there were 1,735 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in the West Texas area and times like this make things more dangerous for people in those situations.
“If you see something or suspect something to please call and report it they are out there doing the work and making contact with kids and families still,” said Leffler.
Although being an ally during this years Child Abuse Prevention Month may look different there is still a way to get involved every Friday this month. CPS wants the Permian Basin to come together to support the cause by using social media is allowing people to do so from a distance.
“We came up with a social media strategy that we’ve sent out to as many people as we can think of to try and get them on board and basically every Friday is a different themed Friday. We have two Facebook pages that are really promoting it, the Rainbow Room Odessa Community Partners, and the Midland Rainbow Room. I think Midland Rainbow Room is even having a special drawing for people who post pictures.”