April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Awareness Month, to kick off the month, the Hidalgo County Clerk’s office will show their support by dressing in blue every Friday and wearing blue ribbons through the month of April.
The Hidalgo County Clerk’s office will also be accepting donations from visitors who want to support abused or neglected children in the area. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County/Estrella’s House was chosen as the organization to support.
“This movement is vital to our children and Estrella’s House serves a significant purpose within our community. I am proud to Go Blue this month and help children survive one of the most tragic issues facing our young generation,” Guajardo said.
Guajardo said he wants to bring attention to the problem and to solicit donations from citizens that visit the office every day. Deputy Clerks will be accepting donations throughout the month and a final donation will be presented to Estrella’s House.
“What better place than a court house, where all these types of cases are tried and end up here, we are doing our part,” he said.
Estrella’s House is a non-profit organization that fulfills its mission as a Child Victims Oriented One-Stop-Center for abused children in Hidalgo County.
“This will be a gesture of appreciation for what they do and to also make sure that we are all aware of the fact that child abuse is a big problem in the County of Hidalgo. We as adults need to be more responsible with our children and protecting their rights,” he said.
Student-crafted banners advocating child abuse prevention were posted outside the courthouse glass windows and blue balloons were released by visitors and employees to officially kick off the Go Blue month.
Robert Garcia, Executive Director for Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County- Estrella’s House said he is delighted the organization was chosen.
“This is the first time in eight years that we are somehow being affected because of the economic slowdown, especially with private donations,” Garcia said.
Garcia said there are approximately 700,000 people in Hidalgo County, 247,000 of them are children. “We need to be aware of the fact that child abuse is a problem in Hidalgo problem.”
Estrella’s House has averaged $150,000 in the course of the last four years, year to date; they have received approximately $40,000.
Estrella’s House is located on 525 W. Wisconsin Road.