The Parenting Cottage is a member of the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention.  The coalition works to provide advocacy for children, build collaborations which support families and provides education around child related issues. The Coalition partners with Coalition member Covenant Children’s Hospital to provide the Child Abuse Conference each year.  The signature event of the Coalition is the GO BLUE LUBBOCK effort held annually during the month of April which is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

GO BLUE LUBBOCK encourages all Lubbock County residents to wear blue throughout the month of April to bring awareness to the high rate of child abuse and neglect in Lubbock County where an average of 3 children per day become confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Lubbock County.

On the national level, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) calls child abuse “a national epidemic”.  The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States is $124 billion.

South Plains Child Abuse Coalition meets on 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm at the Parenting Cottage. Follow the Coalition and its happenings on Facebook.