When a Child Needs Justice, Hope & Healing

Meet Sophia. At the sweet age of five, she’s looking forward to starting kindergarten in the coming school year. But unlike her future classmates, she has a dark secret. The reason Sophia is ready for school to start is because it is a way to get away from the person who has been abusing her. You see, the person abusing her is a family member that she is forced to see often. By going to school she has some time and space away from this person. School also gives her a way to think about anything but those encounters.

Unfortunately, Sophia’s story is not an uncommon one. Far too many children, boys and girls alike, have been abused; physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect… and possibly have experienced more than one. These children deserve justice, hope and healing from the abuse they have experienced.

  • 70% of children seen were involved in sexual abuse cases

  • 98% of child victims knew their alleged perpetrator

  • 21% were not old enough to attend kindergarten

  • 34% of children initially seen are suicidal

Increase in Services 2014 to 2018
Forensic Interviews: 64%
Individual Child Therapy Sessions: 198%
Family Advocacy Services: 39%

Growing Demand

The tragic news is the demand for our services is growing significantly. Last year there were 1,350 individuals seen and treated. In the first quarter of 2016, the three staff therapists conducted a total of 900 therapy sessions, equating to over 100 clients per month per therapist… on track for 20-3090 year-to-year increase in demand for services. Further, we have exhausted our rooms to meet for interviews and sessions, with children on a wait list for help.

The 2014 opening of the Chisholm Trail expressway has created an influx of people to Johnson County from throughout the Fort Worth-Dallas metroplex. The population is booming with projections of 3,000-5,000 new homes in the next five years.

Our Current Challenge… “4 x 1 Project”!

We recently received a Challenge Grant from the Mabee Foundation in the amount of $480,000. What that means is that we have twelve months to raise the remaining balance of the campaign or we don’t receive the $480,000 in funding.

We are now officially launching the “4 X 1 PROJECT” within our capital campaign. No, this is not some type of lumber project, but it is a project that will help us with the actual construction of our new building! This project is one that challenges the entire Johnson County Community to help us secure 400 $1,000 donations. This can be a group often that donates $100 each or a group of 20 that does $50 each. We know that this county believes in protecting children and we know that every single dollar raised is going to make life-long impacts in the lives of children that have been victimized. This new building will be used to provide forensic interviews, trauma screenings, therapy or medical referrals in a building that compassionately and sensitively serves traumatized families. We want everyone to know that every gift is critically important in meeting this goal and in serving our kids!

In addition to “4 x 1”, we would also love to see kid’s groups/ churches get involved in raising funds to serve these children. It does not matter if a gift is $5 or $20,000, every single dollar given will impact the lives of many children! We believe teaching our children to give to others is an important life lesson and it is wonderful to see kids giving to help other kids.

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What’s the Plan?

Our goal to build our forever home is a three phase campaign. Phase One was to purchase the property, debt- free, and get the plans for the new building. We have completed that! We found a 10-acre tract with 30,000 square feet of concrete slab ready to go.

Phase two is broken into two separate parts. In the first part of phase two we are planning to raise $1,000,000 in cash before beginning construction. The plans built in phase one provide for 16,500 square feet, including a spacious reception area, rooms for interviews, therapy, parenting group sessions, children’s play area, team meeting space and ample parking space. With the generosity from community members gifts and pledges, as well as commitments from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and The Texas Methodist foundation, we are well on our way to completing the first part.

The second part of phase two will encompass building out the remaining square footage, the majority of which will be a training facility to accommodate the B4UClick trainings. The plan entails outfitting the training space with 25 computers complete with state-of-the-art software, and multimedia capability. Current training on B4UClick have been hampered significantly by sub-standard and inconsistent computer capabilities at training sites available in school districts and other community agencies. Having the trainings at our office will ensure the sessions are highly productive and successful.

What can I do to help Sophia & other kids like her?

Our mission is to provide each child, boys and girls alike, that has suffered abuse with justice, hope and healing. It is only with your help that we will be able to provide for the growing need in Johnson County. With your support, we will be able to take care of the growing needs of the children that have suffered abuse. Please help us build a space to provide more justice, hope and healing for our children.

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