The mission of the Fannin County Children’s Center is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. Our work on safety has taken an unprecedented turn in recent weeks with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
At the Children’s Center, we have been working diligently to make changes and adjustments in order to ensure health and safety of all, while still providing many critical and essential services.
Our center is currently closed but our work continues.
All staff are working from home. Our counselors quickly learned and started telehealth so therapy can continue. CASA volunteers and staff are making it a priority to have regular contact with our kids via Facetime, Skype or other visual app. Court hearings, staff meetings, advocacy and other work are being conducted via Zoom, phone calls, emails, etc.
Staff are coming in to the office to conduct forensic interviews as needed for our partners in CPS and law enforcement.
We have cancelled upcoming prevention classes, as well as other meetings and larger gatherings. We have also delayed the pick up days for blue shirts in order to minimize exposure for everyone, so we can all stay healthy.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as needed. By working together, being flexible and helping one another, we will get through this trying time.
In this troubled and trying time, please be intentional about taking care of your physical and mental health. There is a lot of sadness and grief about cancelled activities, worry about job and food security, stress and fatigue over so many changes, decisions and learning to do during this public health care crisis. We too, are worried that we will soon be seeing more physical abuse, depression and suicides. So please….
Take time for self care.
Give yourself and others a bit of extra grace.
Check in on your friends, families and neighbors.
Help others when you can. Ask for help when you need it.
We are all in this together.
We will get through this tough time together.
Wash your hands!
Fannin County Children’s Center
Shirt Pick up Days Delayed
In an effort to limit exposure and keep everyone healthy, we have delayed the pick up days for the blue shirts to at least April 24. This date may change, depending on how things are going at that time.
The on-line shirt store is still open and is set to close on April 17. more
Because we are all being advised to stay home, all of our suggested activities for the month can also be done from home.
2020 Vision Challenge
Let’s have some fun this month! We want everyone to have 2020 vision to be able to know and see the signs of child abuse.
What to do:
- Take a photo of you and your family wearing glasses – regular glasses, silly glasses, sun glasses – your choice! Bonus points if you also wear blue and/or hold a sign with a message about child abuse.
- Post it on social media and use the hastags #SeeTheSigns #2020VisionChallenge
- Challenge at least 3 of your friends to do the same!
Let’s get this challenge started on April 1 and have it go viral all month long!
Go Blue Day – April 3
Let’s have some more virtual fun on Go Blue Day in Texas! It’s a day to wear blue in honor and memory of victims of child abuse. Wear blue, take photos and post them on Friday, April 3.
Suggested hashtags include:
If you are willing to let us post your photo too, please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Sunday – April 26
On the last Sunday of April, faith communities across our country are asked to pray for abused and neglected children, as well as the volunteers and professionals who work with them.