According to Family Compass Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Kyla Lynch,
“Family Compass is the largest agency in North Texas solely dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. We aim to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community through this critical work. Our vision is a world where all children are safe in their homes and communities regardless of their socioeconomic status. Family Compass has served over 54,000 at-risk parents and children in its 30-year history and with your support on North Texas Giving Day, we can assist many more.
“We reach families through two types of programming: Home Mentoring in addition to Community Education and Outreach. Our clients have the same dreams that we all do, to lead healthy successful lives and to instill this legacy within their children. Unfortunately, many parents struggle with mental health, poverty, poor support systems, lingering childhood trauma and lack of good role models growing up. We know why child abuse and neglect happen, the root causes being: low level of parenting skills, high stress, and poor living conditions in the home and environment.
“Our staff are there every step of the way, with accredited and evidence-based curricula, to guide clients in overcoming barriers to becoming healthy families and empowering them with life skills. Bilingual staff are represented in all of Family Compass’ programs and initiatives. Services are free of cost and voluntary to participate in. Our agency has a wrap-around approach and offers a continuum of auxiliary support. For instance, the in-house counseling program was initially piloted due to escalating cases of mental health challenges, particularly through the pandemic, and is now a permanent facet of care.
“The CDC estimates that it costs society an astonishing $831,000 per child abuse case to address over the lifetime of a child that experiences it. As such, Family Compass saved the community $496 million dollars last year alone by keeping 597 children out of the overburdened CPS system, and most importantly preventing the trauma of child abuse.
“We listen with intention and provide steady guidance, ultimately empowering parents and instilling hope within families for future generations. Will you partner with us to provide these critical prevention services, proactively addressing the causes of child abuse before it can ever occur? Your support on North Texas Giving Day will go so much further at Family Compass. A challenge match of $20,000 will be unlocked when $40,000 is reached, boosting us to a goal of $60,000 with your generosity! Together we can stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect, saving and changing generations. Join us.”
* Photo credit: Kyla Lynch ** Graphic/photo provided by: Family Compass
Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2021, $66 million was raised through 103,000 donors benefiting over 3,300 local nonprofits, bringing the thirteen-year total to over $441 million for our community. NTX Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.