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Child Welfare Board to host candlelight vigil on Thursday evening

Child Welfare Board to host candlelight vigil on Thursday evening
April 27
07:23 2021

The Stephens County Child Welfare Board will hold a candlelight vigil with County Judge Michael Roach to honor victims of child abuse at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in front of the Stephens County Courthouse, 200 W. Walker.

The candlelight ceremony will be open to the public and will be an opportunity for the community to come together and pray for all children, alive and deceased.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and earlier this month the child welfare board members placed dozens of small white crosses on the courthouse lawn in remembrance of the 235 regional children who died from abuse and neglect in 2020 and part of 2019.  The display also includes a larger cross, blue and silver pinwheels, as well as wooden cutouts of small children and cartoon characters, some signs explaining the meaning of the items, and a tree covered with 20 pairs of shoes, representing the 20 local children who are in foster care.

Members of the Stephens County Child Welfare Board include Sharon Wimberley, Alva Carey, Jan Davis, Carla Barnes, Fran Sikes, Sandy Broyles, Linda Lippe, Linda Burdic, Ruth Taylor and Stephanee Russell.

For more details about the display at the courthouse, click here to read the previous Breckenridge Texan article.


Cutline, top photo: Stephens County Child Welfare Board members Carla Barnes, Linda Burdic and Fran Sikes place pinwheels and red birds in the display on the courthouse lawn. The decorations are part of a Child Abuse Awareness campaign. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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