Our mission is to lessen the emotional trauma of child victims in sexual, physical and mental abuse cases. As an organization it is our vision to embrace the belief every child is entitled to a life free of violence and full of possibilities.
Hope Child Advocacy Center is one of a growing number of children's advocacy centers in Texas. We serve children between the ages of 0-18 that have exclusively been referred by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or local law enforcement agencies.
In January 2002, Hope Child Advocacy Center was established as part of Hope of South Texas, Inc. The agency was established to assist in combating child abuse by partnering with: Law Enforcement Agencies, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Children's Protective Services, District Attorneys, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and Mental Health Professionals.
Representing members of these agencies meet monthly and through the multidisciplinary team approach attempt to make the experience of the abused child less traumatic as they move in the course of the legal process.
What We Do:
*Provide a neutral, child friendly facility.
*Conduct videotaped forensic interviews
*Work in conjunction with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners to provide medical consultations.
*Participate in a multidisciplinary team approach, aiding in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
*Provide case coordination/management from initial referral through case disposition.
*Conduct case reviews/trackingProvide child and family advocacyProvision of trauma focused mental health services.
*Court accompanimentInitiate referrals for counseling, therapy, medical exams, and other community resources for children and families as needed.
*Provide court testimony.
*Conduct awareness education and prevention programs to schools, civic organizations and other professional groups.
*Provide training for professionals from such fields as education, religion, criminal justice, healthcare and social services.
*Recruit and train volunteers to assist in the operation of the agency and fundraising events.