Groups in the Basin Trying to Increase Awareness About Child Abuse

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The statistics are truly alarming. Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the United States.

For children who survive such ordeals, they are placed in foster care, but since there aren't many volunteers stepping up to the plate, many have to be moved out this area to other parts of the state.

According to Patty Pisklak, Executive Director for CASA she said that the problem right now is the lack of volunteers, "The problem that we are having right now is we are so low in our volunteers that we are having to turn down court appointments because we don't have enough volunteers to serve these children and so we are trying to create more awareness about the program," Pisklak said.

It seems that child abuse has increased and the numbers are truly alarming.

David Miramontes, Director with "A World For Children" said, the numbers have skyrocketed in recent months.

"There are 652 kids in foster care. Of those 652 kids, 343 are placed out of our region which simply means we just don't have enough foster homes and people to care for their children," Miramontes said.

According to Miramontes, he believes he knows some contributing factors to child abuse.

"One of the factors that always been around is obviously the use of illegal drugs by parents, there are a lot of different factors, you can base it on socioeconomic status or base it on the use of drugs/alcohol. Honestly, just a lot of those parents don't have the skills to be good parents," Miramontes said.

Although Child Abuse Awareness Month is coming to an end, that's no reason to stop thinking of the abused children. Miramontes and his staff will keep working year round hoping to spread the word on child abuse.