Last year, 3,086 cases of child abuse in Fort Bend County were reported, with 2,713 being assigned for investigation (an increase of 13% from 2014). All of these children are eligible for services from the Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room.
The Rainbow Room helps children and families in crisis by supporting the efforts of Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers. It’s stocked with emergency supplies for caseworkers to distribute to Fort Bend families in crisis.
In a recent Kinship placement, the caseworker for an infant requested a crib, stroller and other essentials to assist the grandmother in providing proper care for her grandson. With the Rainbow Room’s assistance, the caregiver has been given the opportunity to raise her grandson in a safe environment.
Fort Bend Cares’ funding supports the purchase of car seats, cribs, toddler beds, twin beds and bunk beds. Some caregivers simply cannot afford these. Beds and car seats are items many of us take for granted, but are critical to children’s safety.
Last year in Texas, CPS investigated 169 infant deaths where bed-sharing (aka co-sleeping) was a factor. As of June 2016, there were 159 deaths due to co-sleeping. Out of the 159, 156 were under the age of 1-year-old. Automobile crashes are also a leading cause of death for children in the US. Car seat use reduces the risk factor for death to infants by 71% and to toddlers by 54%. Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4-8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.
The Rainbow Room also hosts a Back to School Supply and Uniform Drive, as well as a Christmas Project. To find out more about the Rainbow Room, call 832-451-5867 or visit www.fbrr.org.