Grayson County Childrens Advocacy Center

Every Child. Every Service. Every Effort.

aka Children's Advocacy Center of Grayson County   |   SHERMAN, TX   |  cacgc.org

Mission

The mission of the Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center is to provide a multi-disciplinary collaboration of services for the purpose of prevention, intervention, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Britney Barker

Main address

910 COTTONWOOD DR

SHERMAN, TX 75090 USA

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EIN

30-0104345

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child abuse is an epidemic across the country and Grayson County is no exception. Child abuse is a devastating experience for an average of 63,657 children in Texas each year. The Grayson County Children's Advocacy Center (GCCAC) provides specialized services and treatment for child abuse victims and their non offending caregivers in Grayson County. The GCCAC brings together a multi-disciplinary team of professionals dedicated to helping victims of child abuse find hope, healing, and justice. The Children's Advocacy Center is the only nonprofit in Grayson County that is involved from a child abuse case's inception.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Forensic Interviews

A Forensic Interview is a legally sound, fact-finding interview with a child conducted by a specially trained professional at the request of law enforcement or Child Protective Services. Forensic Interviews are designed to provide children the opportunity to disclose abuse to a neutral party in a child-friendly setting. Forensic interviewers are specially trained in the areas of child development, linguistics, civil and criminal offenses, child protection concerns, memory, suggestibility and disclosure. Prior to the advent of Children’s Advocacy Centers, children had to retell the details of their abuse over and over to various investigative agencies, compounding the initial trauma. The purpose of a forensic interview is to minimize the number of times children must tell their stories. Forensic interviewers provide an opportunity for children to disclose abuse. If abuse is disclosed, the interview is used to gather details about their victimization. Child Protective Services and law enforcement observe the interviews to assist them in their investigations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with intellectual disabilities

Mental health services provided by the Grayson County CAC are to promote healing, lessen the likelihood of revictimization and to decrease the ongoing and long-term social, emotional, and developmental outcomes of trauma. The CAC is committed to providing “best practices,” ensuring children and families receive culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, trauma-focused therapy. The CAC recognizes the profound importance of caregiver involvement in each child’s healing and provides the mental health services and support needed to assist parents and other family members build on their personal strengths and community supports as they respond to their child’s treatment needs. We offer specialized trauma-focused mental health services for child victims and their non-offending family members.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

The Grayson County CAC provides free education and prevention classes for adults and children throughout Grayson County. Adults are offered Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse classes. Children in schools, from pre-kindergarten to high-school, are able to receive education utilizing the Play It Safe Curriculum developed by the Women's Center in Tarrant County. In addition, an education and prevention staff member attends many community events and provides education and materials to the public concerning child abuse.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of forensic interviews provided to children

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Forensic Interviews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A Forensic Interview is a legally sound, fact-finding interview with a child conducted by a specially trained professional at the request of law enforcement or Child Protective Services.

Number of families receiving family advocacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of cases monitored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cases reviewed during regularly schedule multi-disciplinary team meetings. This helps to ensure that every child is receiving the highest quality care in every area of their case.

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Trauma-Focused Mental Health Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The GCCAC provides a collaboration of services for the purpose of prevention, intervention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. Our short term goal is to ensure every child who experiences abuse receives every service he or she needs to heal. From programs focused on the prevention of future abuse to specialized mental healthcare services, GCCAC works to ensure that every child who experiences the horrors of abuse is able to find help, hope, and healing. Our long term goal is to prevent, ultimately eliminating, child abuse in Grayson County.

As Grayson County's Children's Advocacy Center, we collaborates with 13 local law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, local hospitals, and the Grayson County Criminal District Attorney's Office. As a result of this collaboration, investigations are more cohesive, cases are stronger for prosecution, and children and their protective caregivers are more likely to benefit from available healing services.

We also offer community education to both children and adults. These programs include personal safety and internet safety, recognizing the signs and symptoms of abuse and abuse prevention. We believe that child abuse is preventable. Empowering adults and children can change behaviors that better protect children.

We are dedicated to maintaining the quality of care for our community's most vulnerable children. Wrap around care for these families is something we take pride in. Well established best practice standards are our guiding principals for how we serve this population. As awareness of the problem grows, the need for service providers grows as well. Recently we've grown in staff size to meet those needs and will continue to assess the needs of our community and base future growth upon those assessments. The support of the community enables us to further our mission and serve even more children that need us.

Since 2004, the CAC has grown and adapted to meet the needs of our community. In our 16 years we have grown from 2 staff members to a team of 12 people dedicated to serving victims of child abuse. Grayson County is currently experiencing a significant population increase. From Fiscal Year 2017- Fiscal Year 2019 the CAC experienced a 78.71% increase in the number of forensic interviews provided. We are proud that we have been able to accommodate this growth in our forensic interview program and in our other wrap around services. Despite the decrease in reports due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are on path to continue growing in FY 2020. Child abuse doesn't stop no matter what is going on in the world. Neither do we. We will continue to provide quality services to every child victim in need!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Grayson County Childrens Advocacy Center

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Nate Pike

Utter Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Term: 2017 - 2019

Paul Manley

Presco

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/07/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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