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Your Child Needs You – Pt 3

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Your Child Needs YOU
BEFORE It Is Too Late

The Bathroom Bill: The AntiChild Agenda

You and the other part of The Team have the chance to be the parents your Child deserves, although the chances of that happening are very slim.

Do you realize that the planet we inhabit defies the odds of an “accidental” anything making this earth.

When you add the odds of every creature of the sea, air, and land being totally unique(every one of every class of every living thing is different slightly than every other one), nothing other than Our Mighty GOD could have made all we know and set it in motion.

I want to say this quickly in passing: Greenhouse gas, fossil fuel pollution, pollution from coal power generation?  When you have a “one of a kind water purification system that also purifies the air”, is there any reason to worry about any of the above in this paragraph?

If you say yes, then write me a 20,000+ word thesis: Define the categories of volcanoes, list every element and gas known to man that is expelled from the volcano.  Now list the approximate amount of every poison that is blown into the air and atmosphere from a super volcano.  LIST NO THEORY!!!!

NOW, how is the sun still visible after 7,000+ years at the very least.

All the above is great information to talk about during quality time with The Team, if you run short of project material.

Good memories are easily made during Quality Time, and the opportunity to communicate with The Team is always there.

Can you communicate with The Team?  Is there meaningful communication between all Team members?  We have resources to help everyone’s Team, but you have got to have the desire to be the Parent your Child needs, then you have got to invest time in your Child and their future.


It is a Parent’s duty to protect their Child until grown.  What should be very obvious is the fact that few people care for the well-being of Children.

The first of 2015, we met Alan Fountain through his attempt to get a window opened in Georgia’s SOL for Sexually Abused Children, so we pitched in to assist Alan any way possible.  This was a very learning experience, but the one thing that I could never have imagined was the first time I read that Atlanta GA was the Child Sex Trafficking Capitol of Our Country.

As of Monday, May 22, 2017, according to the latest numbers I read, Atlanta GA is still the Child Sex Trafficking Capitol of Our Country.

There is NO TRANSGENDER, there is ONLY a psychological disorder called “GENDER DYSPHORIA”.

I could never have imagined the day when the AntiChild Agenda would make it impossible to raise your Child as was intended, it is wrong to implant indifference into a Child’s heart.

YES, I SAID “AS WAS INTENDED”, if you look back into the 3rd paragraph of this post, where I was talking about every living thing being unique unto itself (all GoldFish are marked slightly different, as are Leopards, and as are Mockingbirds), but in the same respect every living thing has one thing in common, there is not one type of living thing that is homosexual.  Human’s are the only creature perverse enough to act on sick fantasies and evil whims, just as they are the only living creature that derives pleasure from watching or causing another human pain and suffering.


Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Cares For Children And Families

What should be all too obvious at this point in time, is that there has always been an AntiChild Agenda, since Children have never been protected.

Texas bathroom bill could expose birth certificate gender of transgender kids

Amarillo Group Has Answers Others Could Use

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The panel specifically discussed how preventative measures can steer families away from abuse, neglect and the inevitable involvement of Child Protective Services.

Panel in Amarillo says answers to Child Abuse must be community-driven

AMARILLO, TX  –  Child abuse and neglect is 60 percent higher in Amarillo than the state average.

Kristie Tingle, a research analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, revealed the number Tuesday during a presentation that painted a picture for community leaders, municipal candidates, professionals with Child Protective Services and representatives from Amarillo’s non-profit sector about the current state of Texas Panhandle families.

Tingle said the difference in Amarillo’s high percentage as compared to the state’s average might be attributed to increased reporting of abuse and neglect cases.

However, she and Sasha Rasco, the associate commissioner for the Texas Department of Family &Protective Services Division of Prevention & Early Intervention, also suspect there’s another significant contributing factor:  Amarillo’s high rate of domestic violence.

“We know that violence is violence,” Rasco said.  “Violence in the home generally impacts both the adults and the children, so it’s easy to conclude there’s something about violence that needs to be tackled in the panhandle area.  Not that we don’t see domestic violence or physical abuse around the entire state, but it does seem to be concentrated here.”

The forum was sponsored by PEI and featured a panel of professionals including Bruce Moseley, executive director for the Turn Center in Amarillo, Dubb Alexander, founder and director of Fathers Add Value in Amarillo, and April Leming, executive director for the Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center.

The panel specifically discussed how preventative measures can steer families away from abuse, neglect and the inevitable involvement of Child Protective Services.  They also talked about how to support children with developmental needs, how to empower fathers and the various ways that families deal with stress.

Rasco said PEI serves about 62,000 families in Texas through their prevention programming.  According to a recent study by the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at The University of Texas at Austin, 97 percent of those Texas families did not experience CPS involvement.

Shawn Vandygriff, CPS Region 1 director, said the study’s outcome shows that prevention measures actually work.

“What we currently have is great, but how much greater that could be and how many more people we can touch if we have more prevention type of resources in each of our communities?” Vandygriff asked.  “Because obviously, that data shows that if parents can get the help they need in order to remain stress free — or to provide a food box or whatever the situation might be — that we (CPS) don’t become involved with them.  If they have the ability to reach out on their own to get what they need, then it does alleviate some of the caseload we (CPS) would end up getting.”

Using the analogy of a river, Rasco described the flow of child welfare in Texas.

Most recently the focus has been shifted solely to saving children who might be drowning in the river — foster care — but Rasco believes attention should be given equally to children and families who are upstream, who might later find themselves in that situation.

“There’s generally, on any given day, around 36,000 children in foster care – but there’s 7 million in the state of Texas,” Rasco said.

Tingle shared with the panel many of the descriptive statistics she’s gathered about families in the Texas Panhandle.  She said she’s concluded that the region has “concerning trends” that negatively compare to those in larger metropolitan areas across the state.

“Dallas had only four more domestic violence homicides than Amarillo did, but Dallas has six times the population,” Tingle said, referring to research from 2015.

“It’s not existing in a vacuum,” said Tingle.  “The high rates of family violence are feeding back into the high rates of child abuse as well.”

Tingle added that the research conducted on area families also includes changes in the region’s demographics, specifically changes in population by race along with an increasing Hispanic population.

Courtney Seals, division administrator for DFPS Division of Community and System Support, said these are community-based concerns and therefore the answers must be community-driven.

There is a role for everybody,” Seals said.  “This is not just an issue for social workers in Amarillo, this is not just an issue for people at the schools, this is something that every single person has the ability to influence in some way, whether it’s within your own company by creating a space that supports families and allows families the time off they need to go to doctor visits with their kids, or whether you’re educating people in the community about this issue.  But everybody can do something.”

Rasco echoed Seals, encouraging the creation of a culture that embraces families, even when a two-year-old might be throwing a temper tantrum at a grocery store.  The usual response to that situation might be to frown at the mother, Rasco said, but an encouraging word or understanding smile instead can become a catalyst of positive change.

“Imagine how differently that mom goes home with that kid,” Rasco said.  “There really are micro things you can change in a community to make it a happier, healthier place to raise children.  That’s not about the social work, that’s not about CPS, that’s about the community deciding how they want to embrace children and families and help parents.”

Child Abuse and Neglect in the Texas Panhandle

  • 15.5 out of every 1,000 children in Amarillo
  • 9.1 out of every 1,000 children in the state of Texas
  • This is a 60 percent difference in confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in Amarillo compared to Texas state average

Factors Affecting Child Abuse and Neglect in the Texas Panhandle

  • The average family of three needs $48,000/year to survive in Amarillo
  • 29 percent of Amarillo jobs cannot provide that annual salary
  • Potter and Randall counties combined had more than 26,000 domestic violence cases in 2015
  • Potter County violence against women is 6.8 per 1,000 women per year which is three times higher than the statewide rate
  • In Amarillo, there were 7 homicides committed by a family member or partner in 2015 as compared to Dallas, with six times the population, which had 11 homicides that same year

Updates To Safe Sleep Environment For Baby

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Sudden Infant Death Sydrome (SIDS) is a parent’s worst fear.

New recommendations for baby sleeping safety

HOUSTON, TX  –  Sudden Infant Death Sydrome (SIDS) is a parent’s worst fear.

In 2015, the CDC said there were 1,600 infants who died of SIDS in the United States.

Over the past 20 years practices have been learned to lower the number of sudden infant deaths.

However, there are also some new guidelines, in part because of new devices, like high-tech baby monitors hitting the market.

So the American Academy of Pediatrics made some updates to their safe sleep environment recommendations.

Harmony Jurkash had her second child, Jackson, just three months ago, and she believes in safe sleep practices.

“We are definitely a proponent of crib sleeping, on the back,” says Jurkash.
She keeps the crib empty.  No toys, no blankets, no bumpers, and that’s exactly how baby Jackson should sleep, says Dr. Rita Muthappa, the NICU Medical Director at Memorial Hermann Memorial City and Katy.

“The baby should sleep alone on a firm mattress,” says Dr. Muthappa.

Jurkash also uses a baby monitor to check on her son.

“It allows a safety net as far as always keeping an eye on the baby, but yet you can keep a distance from you and the baby so they can rest and you can relax,” explains Jurkash.

But these days, there are also high-tech monitors that actually monitor a baby’s vital signs, something that Dr. Muthappa says the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend.

“We know these baby monitors are not regulated, the safety has not been studied, and they do more harm than good for the baby and parents,” explains Dr. Muthappa.

That’s because false alarms on the devices often alarm parents. Now, a product with studies and statistics behind it is the Baby Box.

“I found it really interesting.  I’m going to put my baby in a box.  I don’t know how it’s going to sound!” says Jurkash.

The Baby Box was created in Finland in the 1930s, and each new mom goes home with one.  Finland has the lowest infant mortality rate.

“They reduce infant mortality tremendously.  They are very common in Europe and countries.  They are less expensive and as safe as using a bassinet or crib,” says Dr. Muthappa.

The Baby Box is now available here in the US.

Finally, another new guideline Dr. Muthappa discusses with new parents is how long a baby should sleep in the parents’ room.

“We talk about keeping the baby in the room for up to six months to a year,” says Dr. Muthappa.

And that’s just a little too long for Jurkash.

“In our experience, it’s worked for us to keep them in their crib in a separate room.  It makes complete sense that neither the parents nor the baby will get a restful night’s sleep if they’re in the same room,” says Jurkash.

Swaddling does not prevent SIDS, and Dr. Muthappa says tight swaddling is not recommended because infants need to be able to move their hips.  Also, pacifiers are now recommended as a part of safe sleeping.

Lubbock TX CA Summit First Event Of Several Scheduled

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Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock TX Hosts 5th Annual Child Abuse Summit

Covenant Children Hosts 5th Annual
Child Abuse Summit

LUBBOCK, TX  –  Today, March 24, Covenant Children’s hosted their 5th Annual Child Abuse Summit to kick off Child Abuse Awareness month; which is honored throughout April.  The Summit had a series of topics and speakers all aimed to educate physicians and the public on how to prevent child abuse here in Lubbock.

“We just got the statistics for 2016 on Tuesday and we had 1,210 confirmed cases of abuse or neglect for children here in Lubbock County.  In 2015 in the state of Texas there were 170 deaths related to child abuse,” Belinda Waters, Trauma Coordinator at Covenant Children’s said.

Majority of the participants wore blue to the event and Waters said the color blue represents the bruises on children that should be recognized as early warning signs for abuse.

“There is a study that shows typically children with 4 bruises are at a higher risk of being abused.  If you see 4 or more bruises in other areas besides the knees and shins we need to be worried about it that is some of the info we want to get out to the public,” Waters said.

Waters said one of their speakers, Jenna Quinn, at the Summit was a survivor of child abuse and she wants her team to learn from Quinn’s situation to help other kids in similar situations.

“She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and helped get a law passed in 2009 that has made it mandatory now that children receive appropriate child education from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are a lot of people who are survivors of child abuse or sexual abuse who aren’t willing to speak up,” Waters said.

This was the first of several events that will be held throughout the end of March and April.  If you are looking to attend, all of their events are listed on:

TX Hospital Hosting Child Abuse Summit

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“We have a moral and civic duty to protect children, as they cannot protect themselves”

Covenant Children’s Hosting Child Abuse
Summit on March 24

LUBBOCK, TX  –  Lubbock County communities experience an unusually high rate of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.

The last five years of data from the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), 2010-2015, reflected an average of 18.5 children for every 1,000 children as confirmed victims, against a state rate of occurrence averaging 9.2 children for every 1,000.

Lubbock County has recorded seven child fatalities due to abuse and neglect in the last five years of available data.  An average of three children per day were confirmed victims of abuse and neglect in Lubbock County in 2015, with the majority of victims under the age of three.

Covenant Children’s is hosting a summit to raise awareness around child abuse and enhance the skills of health care professionals and the general community around prevention, investigation, and treatment of abuse in children.

The event is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24 in the Arnett Room, on the 6th floor of Covenant Children’s, 4000 24th St, Lubbock Texas.

“We have a moral and civic duty to protect children, as they cannot protect themselves,” said Marguerite Fallon, Covenant Children’s chief nursing officer.  “This conference will provide both educational information and practical guidance on a wide range of topics such as criminal prosecution of child abuse, early recognition of non-accidental trauma, and insights from a survivor, among others.

“While the summit’s primary audience is health care workers such as physicians, nurses and social workers in the field of emergency medicine, family practice, pediatrics and all pediatric specialties, we have designed the first half of the day to be tailored more toward general child abuse topics of interest to both the general public and health care providers.  The second half of the day focuses on information for health care providers.  We encourage anyone interested in child abuse prevention and intervention to attend,” she said.

At the conclusion of the day’s series of workshops, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the role shame plays in the child sexual abuse victim (and its impact on disclosures, reports and prevention)
  • Define and clarify the role of health care professionals and social service agencies in investigations and prosecutions
  • Recognize a clear operational definition of “trauma-informed care” and common traps that are the opposite
  • Determine common reactions to vicarious trauma and identify a system to address the impacts of vicarious trauma
  • Discuss potential child abuse cases and determine next steps
  • Identify the risk factors for abuse, symptoms that could indicate such, and priorities in caring for abuse
  • The conference’s opening will feature national guest speaker Jenna Quinn, a survivor, and author of “Pure in Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing Jenna’s Law” for whom measure was named and passed by the Texas Legislature in 2009.
  • There also will be a mayor’s proclamation for Go Blue Lubbock.

Registration fee is $50 for licensed medical professionals and $25 for non-licensed medical professionals and students, with all fees paid at the door.  To register, email or visit the website.


  • 7 – 8 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast
  • 8 – 8:15 a.m. | Welcome, Mayor Dan Pope
  • 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. | Matt Powell, Lubbock County district attorney, “Criminal Prosecution of Child Abuse”
  • 9:45 – 10 a.m. | Break
  • 10 -11:30 a.m. | Jenna Quinn, “Pure in Heart: Insights from a Survivor of Child Abuse”
  • 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. | Michael Gomez, MD, “Trauma-informed Care and Vicarious Trauma”
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3 p.m. | Case discussions with panel review
  • 3 – 4 p.m. | Belinda Waters, RN, “Early Recognition of Non-accidental Trauma”
  • 4 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Evaluations

About Covenant Health

Covenant Health has served for almost 100 years as the only faith-based integrated health network in the West Texas, eastern New Mexico region providing a Christian healing ministry.

Covenant’s network includes six hospitals, more than 1,000 licensed beds, more than 5,000 employees, 97 primary care providers, a medical staff of more than 600 physicians at its cornerstone facilities, and a regionally based health plan  –  FirstCare  –  offering high-quality affordable healthcare coverage.

To learn more about Covenant Health, please visit