Promotoras — a pilot program to help end child abuse

Family Service Association is committed to helping reduce the number of child abuse cases in San Antonio. One way we’re doing that is through a unique pilot program called Promotoras. By Mary E. Garr – President/CEO, Family Service Association of San Antonio May 11, 2018 Promotoras – a pilot program to help end child abuse Updated 11:18 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 When a child is born, it’s usually a time of celebration for the happy couple and family. But

Organization empowers families in crisis

In a city where teens struggle to earn a high school diploma, Family Service is reframing youths’ self-perception, awareness, and actualization through teen-led groups fostering positive peer networks and combating bullying, exploratory learning, and community transformation through service and civic engagement.  By Mary E. Garr – President/CEO, Family Service Association of San Antonio Jun 8, 2018   Organization empowers families in crisis – San Antonio Business Journal As Maria Juarez started wrapping up her day of job training at one

Promotoras Share Lessons in Child Abuse Prevention from a Place of Trust

When Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales (D5) learned that her district was home to the highest incidence of child abuse in the San Antonio metropolitan area last year, she teamed up with the Family Service Association to launch a pilot program to train promotoras on how to educate the community and equip them to intervene. Read More.

VIDEO: Promotoras grassroots approach to child abuse prevention

Traditionally, promotoras in the Hispanic community have been bilingual health advocates from the neighborhoods they serve. Now ten promotoras are in City Council district 5, working with at-risk families to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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VIDEO: In Focus: Family Service Association

Kimberly Sama with the Family Service Association joins the In Focus set to discuss the importance of engaging with high-risk youths to try to discourage them from joining gangs. Family Service Association Kimberly Sama with the Family Service Association joins the In Focus set to discuss the importance of engaging with high-risk youths to try to discourage them from joining gangs. Watch In Focus on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m

VIDEO: Neighborhood advocates working to prevent child abuse

SAN ANTONIO – Child abuse takes place in every corner of our community, but new numbers show it’s especially prevalent on the city’s west side. http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/neighborhood-advocates-working-to-prevent-child-abuse