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Event Oct. 26 in Harlingen to Improve Kids’ Lives

Event Will Examine How Valley Children Are Affected by New 2009 Texas Laws

Statewide group to offer free training and information session Oct. 26 in Harlingen

AUSTIN – Children in the Rio Grande Valley are at higher risk than other Texas children of growing up in poverty, going without health coverage and not completing their education—but did Texas’ political leaders remember the children of the Valley in the most recent legislative session? An upcoming forum led by the statewide children’s advocacy organization, Texans Care for Children in partnership with Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. and Valley Baptist Health System, will work to answer this question in a free information session and training especially for Valley residents.

In addition to giving an overview of new state policies that stand to affect children, the meeting will cover what local residents can do to influence policy decisions that shape children’s lives.

“This legislative session brought some big wins for kids in the Rio Grande Valley and throughout Texas, as well as its share of disappointments,” said event presenter Kristina Salinas, Texans Care for Children’s regional coordinator. “What happened at the Capitol over the past few months will affect the availability of mental health services for children in schools and the community, what happens when kids enter the juvenile justice system and more. Our training will cover what Rio Grande Valley parents and providers can do to ensure that children here truly thrive.”

The Put Kids 1st Policy Update and Training will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Woodward Conference Center at Valley Baptist Health System, 2101 Pease Street in Harlingen. The event is free, but participants are asked to pre-register at www.texanscareforchildren.org.

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