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Choosing Safe Summer Experiences for Youth

As we enter a summer season, there is much excitement to be had for kids of all ages during these summer months. Many of us agree that it is the best time of the year, and have positive memories from summer adventures. While parents and families are seeking engaging, character building, AND fun activities for […]

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Baby Boomers are reaching the age of Maturity

Elder abuse is becoming more and more prevalent especially as the baby boomers reach the age of 65 years. As the population grows so does the instances of abuse.

Posted by Lori A. Albee, MVSM, Adult Protective Services - Houston District on

Child Abuse Awareness

April is child abuse awareness and prevention month. Sadly, recent data published by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services revealed that in FY2018 there were 211 child fatalities from abuse or neglect in Texas, a 35% increase from 5 years ago. Over half of these 211 child fatalities, were children under the age of 2. Locally, there were 45 child fatalities from abuse or neglect in Harris County in FY2018, of which 20 of these children were under the age of 2.

Posted by Kim Lopez, DrPH and Nancy Correa, MPH on

Financial Crime

When we think of February, I think of love… hearts… red and pink… all things Valentine’s Day, right? Yes! But, in that mist of all things ‘relationship,’ we fail to give light to those in unhealthy and often abusive situations. As such, it’s vital to note that February serves as the designated awareness month for Teen Dating Violence and we proudly wear the color orange in..

Posted by Harris County Assistant District Attorney Keith Houston, Cybercrimes on

Teen Dating Violence

When we think of February, I think of love… hearts… red and pink… all things Valentine’s Day, right? Yes! But, in that mist of all things ‘relationship,’ we fail to give light to those in unhealthy and often abusive situations. As such, it’s vital to note that February serves as the designated awareness month for Teen Dating Violence and we proudly wear the color orange in..

Posted by Aly Kramer Jacobs, M.Ed. on


Monitoring Kids’ Technology Use at School

A 12-year-old girl from Deer Park was allegedly raped by a man she met online through a school-provided iPad. Rania Mankarious discusses what questions we should be asking our schools about technology used in the classroom.

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Why Your Child Should Post Like a Celebrity

Rania Mankarious encourages teens to consider posting “like a celebrity” – sharing pieces of their lives but never giving away info about their locations.

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