Our Mission is to promote the healing of child abuse victims – one child at a time.
The vision of Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center is to reduce the trauma to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members and to work toward improving the justice system’s response to child abuse by uniting the efforts of public agencies and enlisting community support.
See Our Services Below:
Fact-finding interviews conducted by a trained forensic interviewer in an age appropriate and child-friendly environment. Investigative team members watch the interview and take their investigative notes via closed circuit television as the interview is taking place so the child only has to speak to one person.
Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Investigation
The team consists of law enforcement officers, Child Protective Services case workers, local prosecutors, healthcare providers, and Children’s Advocacy Center staff. The team approach to investigations & victim assistance insures a continuum of services to help stabilize the lives of child abuse victims while streamlining the investigative process.
The MDT meets monthly for case review which monitors cases as they are moving through the civil & criminal justice systems.
Victim Support and Advocacy
Support services & referrals are provided for children & their protective family members. Services are designed to meet the immediate emotional, physical, financial and safety needs for the family.
Activities, provided through this program, help ease the common fears and anxieties experienced by children when they are going to participate in a court trial.
Personal safety education targets school-age children. The curriculum focuses on the importance of recognizing abuse, resisting unsafe situations and reporting to a “safe adult”. Outreach/Community awareness helps people more effectively recognize signs of child abuse and the importance of timely reporting to the appropriate authorities.
Parent Café is a facilitated program occurring on every third Thursday of the month for parents who are interested in engaging in discussions about parenting topics. Since many parents cannot take off of work, the group is after hours and the CAC provides dinner and child care.
Children’s Art Program
While the Parent Café is in session, the children have the opportunity to participate in an Art Program. A team of local artists volunteer their time for this program and it is our hope that through art and the teaching team, the children coming to the CAC will reach out through the program and find a new way to enrich their lives, find encouragement and perhaps a creative adventure that will go with them through-out their lives.
Circle of Security Parenting
The Circle of Security (COS) Parenting Class is an 8-week long program which invites parents or soon-to-be parents to learn more about how to identify the needs of their children. It is designed to empower parents to follow their child as they journey along the circle. Learn more or register by calling 817-573-0292.
If a child makes an outcry of abuse or if there are extenuating circumstances, they are referred for counseling. The counselor at the CAC utilizes many forms of therapy including sand therapy, play therapy, and talk therapy. The Multi-disciplinary Team is updated of how the child is progressing in therapy.