CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTERS OF TEXAS INC

aka CACTX   |   Austin, TX   |  www.cactx.org

Mission

To restore the lives of abused children in Texas by supporting CACs in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Ms. Joy Rauls

Main address

1501 W. Anderson Lane Bldg B-1

Austin, TX 78757 USA

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EIN

75-2581804

NTEE code info

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

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Programs and results

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Training and Technical Assistance

CACTX provides training and technical assistance to child protection professionals in the fields of law enforcement, legal, medical and mental health, family advocacy and forensic interviewing to enhance their knowledge and skills in delivery of services to child victims of abuse and violence.  In addition to these professionals, CACTX also provides management training and technical assistance to the CAC staff, board members and volunteers that support the collaborative framework of the multidisciplinary team.

Population(s) Served

CACTX supports the services and development of local children's advocacy centers across the state by through the annual distribution of funding from a variety of sources including the Crime Victim Compensation Fund of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and federal funding in partnership with the National Children's Alliance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as well as competitive grants with funding derived from an endowment granted by the Swalm Foundation.

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Accreditations

National Children's Alliance - Accreditation 2008

Affiliations & memberships

National Children's Alliance - Full Member 1995

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas is to restore the lives of abused children by supporting CACs in partnership with local communities and agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse.

There was a time when child victims of abuse were essentially re-traumatized by their interaction with a legal system tailored to deal with adults. Multiple interviews with strangers in a variety of uncomfortable settings often overwhelmed children. This frequently led to inconsistent testimony and failures within our justice system. Furthermore, the numerous professionals involved in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of these crimes did not collaborate effectively, which yielded equally poor outcomes.

Because victims were not getting the justice they deserved or the healing they desperately needed, some visionary leaders convinced the Texas Legislature to formalize the children's advocacy center model in the Texas Family Code. We now have more than sixty advocacy centers in our statewide network, serving almost 40,000 child victims of abuse per year, 75% of whose cases involve suspected sexual abuse. CACs orchestrate the efforts of the various entities involved in the legal process and collect critical evidence through a research-based approach to interviewing child victims. Our revolutionary forensic interviewing process has become the accepted standard in cases involving children.

After video-recording the forensic interviews, which can be utilized throughout the legal process, CACs turn their attention to the child and family's recovery from these life-altering events. Our trauma-informed, evidence-based mental health recovery services have proven highly effective in placing victims on the path toward happy, healthy, productive lives.

As the statewide membership association for the network of Texas CACs, CACTX exists to support local centers in providing this array of services by offering training, technical assistance, legislative advocacy, community awareness and funding. We also work with unserved or underserved communities to develop CACs and/or expand the service area of existing centers.

Despite our success, we still fall short of our goal of ensuring every Texas child who needs them has access to the full array of CAC services. So we need your support to help create or strengthen CACs in under-served communities. We need your support to continually improve the standards for services at CACs through comprehensive professional training, technical assistance and site visits. We need your support to be the voice of abused children in Texas and beyond, shedding light on their plight and advocating for awareness and action on their behalf.

Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) operate on the fundamental belief that a child friendly, coordinated approach to the investigation, prosecution and provision of healing services is required to achieve the best outcomes for the child and case. Local centers provide an array of child-focused services including the following core components:
• Specialized Forensic Interviewing
• Medical/Mental Health Assessments and Treatment
• Multidisciplinary Team Case Reviews
• Comprehensive Advocacy Services

CACTX Supports local centers through the following services:
• Comprehensive specialized training for child abuse professionals
• Technical assistance and support to existing and developing CACs
• Legislative Advocacy
• Public Awareness for the issue of child abuse
• Funding
• Evaluation and Assessment of all services and programs

In 2012, 48 centers reported results from the Outcome Measurement System tool, with 94% of caregivers reporting that the CAC facilitated healing for the child and themselves and 93% of multidisciplinary team members reporting that the CAC approach produced more collaborative and efficient case investigations.

Because of its effectiveness, CACTX's Outcome Measurement System tool has gained national exposure and momentum, and the tools are being utilized 32 states across the country. Our measurements are now the national benchmark for the efficacy of the CAC model.

In 2013, CACTX evaluated the progress of over 800 child clients throughout their therapeutic services. The standardized assessments utilized showed that after 15 sessions, children on average experienced a 50% decline in depression and trauma scores.

Financials

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CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTERS OF TEXAS INC

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Gina DeBottis Metts

Retired, Special Prosecution Unit

Doug Mueller

Dickson Furniture Industries

Michelle Apodaca

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Jason Belew

Ernst & Young, LLP

Michelle Carter

CAC of Central Texas

Victoria Constance

Children's Safe Harbor

Chris Cronn

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Lynn Davis

Dallas CAC

Lisa Black

TDFPS

Lee Hon

Polk County District Attorney

Jeffrey M. Jeter

The University of Texas at Arlington

Michael Kelsheimer

Gray Reed & McGraw PC

James Kimbell

Strasburger and Price, LLP

Bill Moss

Talos Energy LLC

Martha Nuckols

CAC of Grayson Countuy

Ned Ross

Direct Energy

Charles Stuart

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, TX

Marion Tanner

Garth House

Lasse Wagene

Ambrose Resources

Elizabeth Brock

CenterPoint Energy

Victoria Medina

Estrella's House

Revlynn Lawson

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Michael Keener

KP Energy

Gina DeBottis Metts

Retired, Special Prosecution Unit

Lindsay Mullins

BNSF Railway

Monica Vargas-Mahar

Tenet Health Corporation

Leslie Ward

AT&T

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes