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2014-BOD-Chair-battaglia_ray_webThis year at ChildSafe, we’ve expanded services, formed new partnerships and enhanced our practices to make certain the children of Bexar County receive the best care possible as they tackle abuse and neglect with our highly-trained staff and partners. Unfortunately, the number of children and families we serve continues to increase—a disturbing indicator that our most vulnerable citizens, our children, are under significant stress due to exploitation.

In February, we announced that ChildSafe expanded its mission to treat children traumatized by all abuse. Now the organization provides comprehensive services to children that have been physically abused and neglected, as well as continuing our mission of providing treatment to children who have been sexually abused.

While we continue to make forward progress, the ChildSafe administration and board have set an ambitious agenda for taking the agency and its services to the next level for 2014. We are focusing on building our donor base, expanding our prevention and education programs, finding a permanent location that is more convenient for our partners and clients and building our brand recognition so that families in our community know who we are, what we do and that we are there for them in times of crisis.

Child abuse and neglect are issues that must be fought at the local level and that need the attention of the community at large to initiate change. How can you get involved and help stop child abuse in Bexar County?

Share information about ChildSafe and our education programs at your place of employment, with teachers, administrators, PTAs, coaches, Boy and Girl Scout troops, daycare centers, church youth groups—settings where kids spend time with adults! The more people who are trained about the signs of child abuse, the more child advocates we have in our community.

Spread the word about ChildSafe with friends and family and share via social media—join our Facebook page. And, if possible, donate money, time and in-kind to ChildSafe. Your involvement can help stop the cycle of abuse.

By supporting ChildSafe’s efforts to deliver comprehensive, expert treatment to child survivors of abuse and neglect, you offer real hope that working together we can reduce maltreatment of children in our community. In addition, your contribution will help fund our outreach and education programs to prevent abuse, empowering San Antonio children and their families.

Ray Battaglia
Board Chair