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May 3, 2013

Locals, celebrities saddle up for kids at fundraiser

Community comes together for CPS cause

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“We are all volunteers and this is the hardest working organization that I’ve ever been a part of,” Cresenta Wusterhausen, president of the welfare board, said.

Since September of last year, there have been almost 1,200 intakes following investigations by CPS in Parker County, with around 52 children removed from homes due to abuse or neglect. As of March, there were 107 children in the custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services in the county.

“Abuse and neglect are rampant in Parker County and we average about 17 investigations per month,” Morgan Ervin, a Parker County investigative specialist, said. “Neglect is one of the biggest causes, but substance and sexual abuse are also realities for our children.”

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