Representatives from the Department of Family and Protective Services visited Lubbock to listen to how family strengthening and child abuse prevention programs that receive state funding are performing.
The DFPS 2018 listening tour has made stops in cities across the state.
Carolyn Simpson with the Lubbock Area United Way says the conversation centered on progress made in battling child abuse and the work that still needs to be done.
"We still have a very high rate of child abuse and neglect and we know that affects children under the age five," Simpson said. "But we also know that a lot of that has to do with parenting and we believe that we can make a difference if we work with parents in strengthening their parenting skills."
Simpson says the tour provides cities the opportunity to receive more money to help end abuse.