First Lady Blog
As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, I want to highlight one more group doing great work to help children affected by abuse, and in particular, child sex trafficking – The Refuge. The Refuge is a non-profit serving sex trafficking victims in Central Texas, and their mission is to provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls who are survivors of sex trafficking. Importantly, The Refuge helps protect our children by recognizing the threat, and by helping victims to recover and restore their well-being.
Texas is known for its beautiful scenery, wide open spaces and rugged landscapes begging to be explored. And there is no better time to get out and explore the outdoors in Texas than during National Park Week, which is celebrated from Saturday, April 21 until Sunday, April 29.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it is fitting that this week’s Texanthropy Spotlight is highlighting the top organization in Texas committed to preventing child abuse: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX). Greg and I have been longstanding supporters of the children’s advocacy center model in Texas.
Greg, Audrey and I join Texans, Americans, and people all across the world in mourning the loss of former United States First Lady Barbara Bush. But, we also join friends, family and fans in celebrating the long and meaningful life she led, and the impactful legacy she leaves behind.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so for each of the weekly Texanthropy Spotlights for the month of April, I will be highlighting an organization that is dedicated to taking care of our children. This week it’s the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and in particular, the heroic efforts of their dedicated employees to care for children during Hurricane Harvey.
Each April is celebrated across the United States as “Month of the Military Child” – a time for all Americans to show their support for military children and families. Here in Texas, we are also recognizing this month and the thousands of children of military members that live in Texas. In fact, Texas has the second-most number of military children.
April is National Volunteer Month, which makes it the perfect time to nominate a deserving Texan for the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards are in their 35th year and are administered by OneStar Foundation, and I am privileged to once again serving as Honorary Chair. Through these awards, we honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations in Texas that have made a positive impact in their communities or across Texas through service and volunteering.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of visiting Child Advocates of Fort Bend, which is the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) serving the children and families in Fort Bend County. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency that has been making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children for 26 years. Their mission is to provide a voice, heal the hurt, and break the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County.