Mission: Child Advocates, Inc. (CAI) was founded in Harris County (Houston, TX) in 1984 in order to provide court appointed advocate volunteers to speak up for the rights of abused children. An epidemic-level of children were being abused, falling through the cracks in the system, languishing in foster care, and not receiving needed rehabilitation-perpetuating the vicious cycle of child abuse. CAI was founded in order to stop the abuse cycle and give children a voice. After a comprehensive training program entitled Advocacy University, court appointed advocate volunteers are appointed to a case by a juvenile court judge and spend an average of 2 - 5 hours per week volunteering. Volunteers are the information gatherers and the communications link between the child and the courts. We ensure that the judges have all of the information they need to make the best decisions on behalf of abused children.
Programs: Provides training & supervision of court appointed volunteers. The program is one of the largest of its kind & is houston's only court appointed special advocate program. Since its foundation in 1984, child advocates has served over 21,900 children & trained over 4,800 volunteers.