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A mix of genes and toxic childhood stress often lead to depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher. With that knowledge, doctors may someday be able to predict who is at risk for mood disorders and offer a plan for prevention.


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WEDNESDAY at noon on "The Source" — Fifty percent of Texas children ages 17 and under have gone through at least one adverse childhood experience. How can a trauma-informed approach to providing health care, education and other services benefit individuals who experienced trauma at an early age? 

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What's being done to identify and address the root causes of our city's challenges when it comes to community safety and family well-being?


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This week on Fronteras:

  • Stress in families often leads to child abuse and neglect.
  • Immigrant families often suffer an additional amount of stress (0:00).
  • And Fiesta is coming to a close this weekend in San Antonio. Some people believe the 11-day celebration carries racial undertones (13:48).

 


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This week on Fronteras:

  • “Promotoras” initiative to help some San Antonio families on the west side reduce incidents of child abuse.
  • New Mexico aims to get more students of color into nursing programs (8:19).
  • A modern day vigilante stands guard on his property along the U.S./Mexico border (12:08).
  • A Dallas artist takes a whack at gentrification with a Latin party favor (16:14).


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Incidents of child abuse in one San Antonio district are decidedly higher than in other parts of the city. In 2016, roughly 179 children, who were victims of abuse in District 5, were removed from their households. That’s an increase of 58 cases from the year before. A majority of those cases come from the 78207, a west side zip code.

Now a pilot program has been created to help reverse that trend by using members of the community to reach out to at-risk families. The Promotoras Child Abuse Prevention Initiative will employ the use of nonprofessional, trained community members known as “promotoras,” who provide basic health care education to the community.


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A new emergency shelter is opening for at-risk youth in San Antonio, including children who are homeless, neglected or abused. 

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Special agents with the Department of Public Safety are being used to locate an estimated 2,800 children who have been deemed by the state as at high-risk for abuse.  The DPS began assisting Child Protective Services in their efforts following a fiery meeting at the state capitol and a legislative ultimatum.

In the past two years, 171 Texas children have died from abuse and neglect while in the state’s care. And tempers flared Wednesday as state lawmakers discussed how to fix Texas’ broken child care system.

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A second woman has been charged in a Bexar County child abuse case in which two toddlers were found bound in a backyard.  Six others children were unsupervised inside the home.  Investigators are still trying to determine the circumstances that led to the abuse.

The investigation has so far resulted in two mothers being jailed on child abuse charges. There’s now an arrest warrant for the father of some of the children. All eight children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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