We empower child abuse victims, their families, and our community through education, healing, and justice. Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County is mandated to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of severe child abuse cases in Denton County. We also provide mental health services to children and nonoffending caregivers.
For twenty-two years, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County has ensured that there is coordinated care between the investigating teams – law enforcement and Child Protective Services; the prosecution; the mental health providers and medical personnel and that all join together to provide immediate wraparound services to children and their non-offending caregivers. This gold standard approach is offered to every single child victim of the crime of abuse in our entire county - at no cost to children and families.
Today, we are facing unprecedented growth in the county. Our Advocacy Center has seen a dramatic increase in the number of crimes against children investigated. In 2018, 1,096 children came to the Advocacy Center to receive a forensic interview from a highly-trained civilian after a report of abuse was made. Just two years prior, 643 children received a forensic interview.
There is no doubt child abuse exists in our community. It is a crime that is not tied to socio-economic status, ethnicity, race, religion, or education. It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
What can you do to protect your children and the children in your life? Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse, and how to report it. The Advocacy Center offers Recognizing and Reporting to the public on a periodic basis. Visit our website, cacdc.org, and like us on Facebook to stay informed.