"We know that child abuse and neglect typically
increase during times of economic hardship, and we are working on ways to
mitigate those risks," says Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner for the
Prevention and Early Intervention division of the Department of Family and
Protective Services. "Parents should try to establish some routines and
normalcy at home.
If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills or
other essential services dial 2-1-1 to speak to someone locally or visit
211Texas.org to find services electronically.
If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus,
apply for benefits online at the Texas Workforce Commission or by calling TWC’s
Tele-Center at (800) 939-6631 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday through
The Texas Youth Helpline provides prevention services to
youth, parents, siblings and other family members who are in need of a caring
voice and sympathetic ear. Trained volunteers are on call to provide guidance
on youth-related concerns, referral information or simply listen.
Additionally, Help and Hope (www.helpandhope.org) offers a
wealth of free resources you can access online to handle the stress of caring
for kids of every age. Our entire site is dedicated to helping parents and
caregivers manage stress around taking care of children, from birth to the teen
years. We encourage you to look through our articles and videos to find the
resources you need. When everything seems to be happening all at once, it's
good to have a single place to go where you can get the help you need.
Here’s a list of useful, trusted resources that can help:
Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the
actual risk to yourself and people you care about will go a long way to reduce
fear and stress.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has this advice: For
Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19
Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at HomeTips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
Help is always available. If you feel overwhelmed, upset or
unable to control things, be a hero for your family and visit our Resource
We are working to continuously update this page with
resources that can provide you reassurance, tips and additional support in
parenting during these unprecedented times. Again, you’re not alone. Parenting
is hard, but it's worth it.