Community Conversations on Strengthening Panhandle Families 

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Panhandle PBS and Texas PBS partnered with the Prevention and Early Intervention division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to host an online community forum on strengthening Panhandle families to prevent child abuse before it occurs.

The livestream event’s theme is “Supporting Panhandle Families, Building a Stronger Community.” You can view the full livestream below:



The event combined speakers, a panel discussion and videos, with moderator Karen Welch, Panhandle PBS Content Producer, as moderator. Featured speakers included:

•           Sasha Rasco, Prevention & Early Intervention, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin

•           Kristie Tingle, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin

•           Bruce Moseley, Turn Center, Amarillo

•           Dubb Alexander, Fathers Add Value, Amarillo

•           April Leming, The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, Amarillo


A studio audience of community leaders and champions of child abuse prevention took part on site. ​

Topics included demographics and trends in our region, understanding child development issues, protective factors, the importance of father involvement, and parenting needs and resources. The event focused on developing supportive family structures to help parents manage the stress that comes with parenting, encouraging communities to create nurturing environments for families, normalizing seeking help, and connecting those in need of help with resources. 

This project is part of the Help for Parents, Hope for Kids public awareness campaign sponsored by the Prevention and Early Intervention division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Visit for parenting resources and a directory of locally available programs.

Protective Factors

Protective factors are the strengths that help to buffer and support families at risk.  By building protective factors, communities, organizations and individuals can help lesson risks for child abuse and neglect.  Those factors are: 

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parent and Child Development
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children

For more information, please visit:

Partners and Supporters

Panhandle PBS' initiatives around Help for Parents, Hope for Kids in April 2017 would not have been possible without the following community providers that guided our efforts:

Additional content support was provided by:

Additional community support was provided by Amarillo Zoo.

In addition to the links above, for more information about the area Coalition for Health Services, please visit: