BCFS Health and Human Services Gets Artistic with Cardboard Kids
BCFS Health and Human Services staff in San Antonio, Del Rio and Kerrville recently participated in the ChildSafe Cardboard Kids Campaign to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. Cardboard Kids are 2-foot tall cardboard figures shaped like children, each representing one of the thousands of children abused or neglected each year.
Staff from each BCFS Health and Human Services site put their arts and crafts skills to use, decorating dozens of cardboard kids in unique ways. ChildSafe designated April 6 as the official “Reveal Day,” asking participants to display their cardboard kids prominently at their homes and offices and share photos on social media to bring increased awareness about child abuse.
Each of the three BCFS Health and Human Services sites leads child abuse prevention programs within their respective communities in different ways. BCFS-Del Rio operates STAR (Services to At-Risk Youth), a program that aims to reduce family conflict, prevent delinquent behaviors in youth and help parents develop healthy parenting skills. BCFS-Kerrville operates Texas Families Together and Safe (TFTS), a parenting education program that provides support groups for moms and dads to learn how to create a nurturing home environment. BCFS-San Antonio operates both STAR and TFTS for Bexar County families.
The ChildSafe Cardboard Kids Campaign is in its fourth year partnering with local businesses, organizations and individuals to display Cardboard Kids to call attention to the scourge of child abuse and neglect, and the work of organizations like BCFS Health and Human Services striving to end abuse for good.