Friday August 21, 2015
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County provides safety, healing, and justice to children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect. They strive to create a community free from child abuse. This is something we at Normandy Homes take seriously and are doing our part to help fight against the injustices these children face every day.
Every year more than 3,300 children and family members receive aid due to allegations of abuse or neglect. There are no waiting lists and all services are free of charge for as long as it takes to ensure a child is safe. The folks at Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County work with law enforcement officials and Child Protective Services under one roof to avoid creating additional stress and trauma to already hurt children.
The Children’s Advocacy Center originated when a district attorney in Alabama realized that child abuse investigations were inefficient. He felt that during the investigations, children who were already victims became re-victimized by the system. Having to tell their painful story multiple times reopened wounds. Therefore, the district attorney created a vision of a child friendly environment where children could receive the help they so desperately needed. From there, child advocacy centers around the country were born.
The statistics on child abuse are simply staggering. More than 90% of child victims have been hurt by someone they know, love, and trust. Abuse doesn’t discriminate against age, ethnicity, or socio-economic backgrounds. By the age of 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused. Furthermore, one in three boys and one in four girls will by physically abused. We want to help end the suffering going on in our very own backyard and hope you will too.
Photo source: The Children's Advocacy Center