Livestream: Join community conversation for child abuse prevention
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A live panel discussion in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, "Supporting Panhandle Families, Building a Stronger Community," brought officials and care providers from Austin and across the Texas Panhandle to the Panhandle PBS studios Tuesday morning.

The livestream was visible at Viewers could submit questions and comments to the panel.

A full archived version of the livestream soon will be available.

The discussion was part of "Help for Parents, Hope for Kids," an awareness campaign from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's prevention and early intervention division.

Panel topics included parenting needs, protective factors, child development issues, the importance of paternal involvement and trends in the region. The discussion aimed to help families manage the stress of parenting and create nurturing environments to generate supportive family structures.

The discussion also offered ways families can connect with certain resources.

Panhandle PBS Content Producer Karen Welch moderated the discussion. Featured speakers were:

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

For more information on the statewide campaign, visit


Mike Smith is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. Contact him at, on Twitter at @newsmithm and on Facebook.