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June 16th

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Forging a new path forward

Texas is a rapidly growing state with abundant opportunities for its residents. Yet families face the same struggles as families everywhere: the stressors of poverty, drug addiction, isolation, and other risk factors that can lead to the abuse of children, the most vulnerable members of our households and our communities. There were 66,721 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in 2015, and 17,151 children were removed from their homes.

For more than 135 years, Upbring has served children, families and communities in need, providing excellence in program delivery and evolving alongside the needs of those we serve.

In 2015, Upbring will focus on our new mission: to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. What does this mean? Our attention and resources will be focused on developing a New Continuum Framework designed specifically to drive transformative change in breaking the cycle of child abuse through innovative programs, new partnerships, and an expanding network of community services – but we can’t do this alone and need help from researchers.

As we work with our selected research partners, we realize that simply amassing information is not enough. Through conferences and published papers, Upbring intends to share this knowledge as part of our ongoing effort to elevate the entire field of abuse prevention. In the coming weeks and months, our research team will begin building a knowledge base with the following audiences in mind:

Researchers and students: Facts and figures to aid in third-party research as well as opportunities for research partnership

Professionals and practitioners: Practicable findings from papers published by Upbring and its partners

Families and individuals: Child abuse statistics and FAQs

Policymakers: Education and resources on the Upbring framework for breaking the cycle of child abuse

Please contact Murray Chanow at [email protected] or 512.706.7509 for more information.

As we add new content, we encourage you to share this resource with your colleagues and look forward to equipping you with the knowledge needed to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

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