A Story of Hope

Hope Palo Pinto and their Orphan Care Ministry this Saturday is hosting "A Story of Hope," a seminar for foster awareness, breakout sessions and lunch.

The event, organized and sponsored by churches and businesses throughout Mineral Wells, is 9 a.m. to noon at Mineral Wells High School, 3800 Ram Blvd.

In the United States, every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. Of these 6.6 million children, 3.2 million of them elicit an investigation.

On average, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Of the calls to CPS, 28 percent are calls reporting physical abuse; 20.7 percent call to report sexual abuse; and the rest for emotional neglect, emotional abuse, and physical neglect.

In 2014, state agencies found an estimated 702,000 victims of child maltreatment. This abuse is serious, and it affects not only them but the entire nation. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 14 percent of all men in prison and 36 percent of all women in prison in the nation were abused as children. This is about twice the frequency seen in the general population (those outside of a correctional facility). Children who experience child abuse and neglect, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, are about nine times more likely to become involved in criminal activity.

This one-day event exists to bring the community together to create foster and adoptive parents and to help others see how they can get involved with these children. Everyone has a role to play in this story.

During the main session of this event, attendees will hear from those already involved in the lives of these orphaned and vulnerable children and then look at what happens to a child once a report is made. In some breakout sessions, people will visit about the need for foster homes and those willing to support the foster families.

Another breakout session will focus on what it means to be a CASA volunteer and/or to serve with the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Finally, there will also be a “match event” opportunity. A “match event” is part of the overall event that focuses on children that are currently available for adoption. You can help provide hope for the children of our community.

Register for this event here.

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