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'Blue Sunday' marks day of prayer for victims of child abuse, neglect

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month with Blue Sunday marking a day of prayer for victims of child abuse and neglect.

"In Lubbock County alone, actually, three children are confirmed abused or neglected every single day," Aaron Dawson, Missional Life Minister for Monterey Church of Christ, said.

Churches will dedicate a portion of services to pray for children and for families who foster or adopt.

Dawson believes in supporting families year-round, but recognizes the need for a day committed to lifting them up in prayer.

"We should be doing this everyday, but Blue Sunday's kind of the day where churches can be a little bit more intentional voice," he said.

Leonor Espinoza is the faith-based recruiter for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She emphasizes Blue Sunday as simply taking a moment to support victims no matter where you are.

"Basically what we're asking for is prayer," she said. "You know that's one of the things that I think everybody can do at home, at work and at school. You know, prayer goes a long way and I notice that. I feel that one of the positive things is helping our communities."

With more people staying home during the pandemic, Dawson believes child abuse could be on the rise. He stresses the importance of reporting signs of abuse or neglect.

"This is a weird time, kids aren't in school. Typically they're the eyes and ears that we have around the community, they don't exist right now," he said.  "And so if you see something, say something. There's a Texas hotline to call. It is fine to call, let CPS do the investigation. But if you see something, say something."

He also encourages families to look into fostering or adopting to help abused children in Lubbock.

"I think a bunch of families have thought about becoming a licensed foster home. And if that's something you've ever considered doing, maybe this is the time," Dawson said. "This weird in between time to begin asking the right questions, get connected to a foster agency and begin chipping away at the classes it takes to get licensed."

There are 11 adoption agencies in Lubbock. Resources to help answer questions about the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent can be found - here.

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