Mission: The mission of children's advocacy center of collin county is to provide safety, healing, and justice to children victimized by abuse and neglect.
Programs: Clinical department expenses - the center's clinical department offers a wide range of therapeutic intervention methods for traumatized children, including art therapy, music therapy, and play therapy, as well as individual and group therapies. Support groups are also provided for grandparents raising grandchildren and mothers of sexual abuse victims. The program is staffed by licensed therapists as well as graduate level interns. In 2016-17, 1,301 clients received 12,186 therapy services. The graduate level interns provided 7,697 pro-bono hours of therapy services. All services are offered at no cost, for as long as the victim needs help. Outcome measurements in the therapy department show that 83% of clients served show improvement based on nationally recognized outcome measures.
community resources expenses - through the community resources program, self-sufficiency for the non-offending caregivers of child abuse victims is achieved using a strengths and empowerment model. Following a referral from the multidisciplinary team, a comprehensive needs assessment is conducted to identify strengths and needs of the caregiver regarding housing, employment, medical care, childcare, household finances, and parenting skills. Clients are assisted with budgeting and job skills counseling, assistance with resumes, job search, interviewing skills and filing for crime victims compensation (cvc). Community resource interns are student interns from local colleges and universities who assess client needs in order to provide the necessary community resources to the non-offending caregivers of the victims of child abuse. Interns and staff family advocate caseworkers provided 4,336 services to 1,042 clients and performed 9,260 pro-bono hours of case work. Outcome measures demonstrate that 76% of clients served had 98% of their needs met through the program. Back-to-school fair: in august 2016, caccc was transformed into a fair atmosphere for caccc clients. Haircuts, games, and face painting along with popcorn and snacks were enjoyed by 585 children and families at the fair, who were also provided with school supplies and backpacks.
the caccc is one of the only children's advocacy centers in the nation to co-house all of the professionals involved in child abuse cases in one location. This includes child protective services caseworkers for collin county, and detectives from the collin county sheriff's office, plano, allen and wylie police departments. All members of the team work collaboratively with caccc staff to ensure children are safe, help them heal, and ensure justice is served. Caccc staff facilitates multi-disciplinary team staffings bi-monthly with all professionals involved in the cases to ensure the case is progressing and nothing falls through the cracks. Free training is provided for all team members several times a year on such topics as human trafficking, testifying in court, and cybercrimes. Caccc also collaborates with the collin county district attorney's office to facilitate the "collin kids in court program" four times a year. This program helps children that have to testify in criminal trials against their offender understand the court process and lessen their fear. It also helps parents understand how to support their children during this traumatic time. All members of the court team are involved, including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, court reporters, and bailiffs. Volunteers are the support system for the multidisciplinary team that makes up caccc. The caccc also has a community education initiative, and last year provided information about abuse and internet safety to 1,907 children and adults. 5,788 hours were donated by volunteers to special events, child-care, clerical, and other caccc activities. Numerous corporations also volunteer. The center also has a volunteer puppet troop that educates kindergarten through second grade students about ways to stay safe from abuse. Last year, the puppet troop conducted 99 performances and was viewed by 15,680 children. Pediatric medical exams are provided through a partnership with children's medical center plano (cmc). Exams are provided at the reach clinic at cmc. Cmc is the leading expert in child trauma. In fy 2016-17, 95 pediatric medical exams were performed.