An El Paso baby girl has died after her father allegedly shook her because she cried during a soccer game, as KTSM reported.
In light of the incident, local organizations are reminding the community of the many different ways parents can take a break from caring for their children.
From using different techniques to soothe a crying baby to taking your child to someone’s care for a few hours, there are options parents can turn to.
While some child welfare experts say calling a relative or friend to watch your child for a few hours may help, some parents may feel there is no one to turn to.
The Child Crisis Center in Central El Paso has a respite program that gives parents the opportunity to leave their baby at the center for some time during a crisis.
The organization partners with the El Paso Center for Children where parents with older children can get also get counseling and referred to services they may want or need to work through issues the family may be having.
“We all need help in some way or another. So we encourage people if they have that inclination or that questioning. They feel that sort of stress or they feel that they have that last straw is to make the call and then we can talk it through,” said Program Director Josue Lachica.
The El Paso Center for Children is also working on offering a new program this summer called Parent Cafes that will allow parents to create a support network and talk with navigators who can connect families with different services in the area.
You can find out more about the El Paso Center for Children by clicking here or calling 915-565-8361.
For more information about Child Crisis Center click here or call 915-562-7955.