Circle of Protection

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Multidisciplinary Team|

Circle of Protection “Justice – Hope – Healing” Child abuse investigations are handled by both law enforcement and Child Protective Services professionals. Two separate but essential questions must be answered by these two concurrent investigations. As they conduct their investigation, law enforcement officers must [...]

What Even *is* a Child Advocacy Center? As Told by College Intern Rylie Steppick

August 28th, 2017|Categories: General|

“Oh, I’ve been interning at the Child Advocacy Center!” I’ve said this sentence so many times recently, you’d think it was a lyric to the song of the summer. The automatic response is just as frequent. A kind, but confused face. Unsure of what to [...]

MDTeaming Up against Child Abuse

July 5th, 2017|Categories: Multidisciplinary Team|

Before Children’s Advocacy Centers If your child made an outcry of abuse, wouldn’t you want the investigation, prosecution and intervention services to be handled in a manner sensitive to the needs of your child? Prior to children’s advocacy centers, a child’s outcry of abuse didn’t [...]

Acquaintance Rape: Keeping Your Teen Safe

May 15th, 2017|Categories: Sexual Assaults|

What is acquaintance rape? Acquaintance rape is when somebody you know—a boyfriend or girlfriend, a friend, a classmate, or even someone you just met—uses coercion (including drugs or alcohol), violence, or threats to force unwanted oral, vaginal, or anal sex. When this happens in a [...]

Fighting for our Children

March 10th, 2017|Categories: Child Abuse|

Whether you realize it or not, child sexual abuse affects all of us.  The Economic Impact: The impact of child sexual abuse is devastating for survivors, but also affects those close to them, as well as the surrounding community. It is the root cause of many [...]

Safe Sleep For Your Baby

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Safe Sleep|

Create a Safe Sleep Environment For Your Baby Create a safe sleeping environment for your baby to reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death. What is SIDS? SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby [...]

They Don’t Belong in a Dumpster!

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Safe Baby Site Project|

Safe Baby Site Project (The Baby Moses Law) They don’t belong in a dumpster. There is help. Learn more about the Baby Moses Law and how to protect our most vulnerable citizens…our children.  My there never be another “(Angel) Baby Doe” in Johnson County. [...]

TF-CBT and Coping with Trauma

February 15th, 2017|Categories: Behavior Therapy|

What is Trauma? Trauma can be an event that, when witnessed or experienced by a child or adolescent, is extremely distressing to them. Traumatic events often happen when the children feared for their lives or for the lives of others. These events may include: Exposure [...]

Child Abuse in Texas

February 7th, 2017|Categories: Child Abuse|

Today, 185 Texas children will be victims of abuse. In one year, more than 65,000 cases of child abuse were confirmed in Texas. 1 in 4 Girls is sexually abused before her 18th birthday. 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before his 18th birthday. [...]

Child Sexual Abuse and Disabilities

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Children with disabilities|

Societal myths and lack of protection services put sexual abuse victims with disability at an increased risk for ongoing sexual abuse. The disabilities these children face may require the use of crutches or a wheelchair; they may be blind; they may have a speech or [...]

4 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Online Safety|

The Internet has so much to offer, both for children and adults, that is safe and fun. Unfortunately there is also a lot on the Internet that is not safe, including child predators. Parents, did you know? 1 in 5 children (ages 10 to 17) [...]