Human Services

ChildSafe

Expert Care for Abused Children

San Antonio, TX

Mission

ChildSafe's mission is to restore dignity, hope, and trust to children traumatized by abuse and neglect.

Ruling Year

1992

President & CEO

Ms. Kim K. Abernethy

Main Address

7130 West US Hwy 90

San Antonio, TX 78227 USA

Keywords

children, neglect, children's advocacy center, abuse, prevention, advocacy, child abuse, sexual abuse, counseling, court orientation, facilitation, prosecution, investigation

EIN

74-2633697

 Number

2487752952

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

San Antonio continues to have the highest per capita - or proportionate - rate of confirmed child abuse cases out of all major metropolitan Texas cities. In 2017, Bexar County had 5,588 confirmed cases of child abuse, a 23% increase from 2016. Of those, eight San Antonio children died as a direct result of abuse or neglect.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Forensic Interviews

Client Services

Clinical Therapy

Family Enrichment Adventure Therapy (FEAT)

Education and Prevention

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Context notes

95% of clients participating in Stewards of Children training report increased knowledge of child abuse and how to report.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Clinical Therapy

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Clinical Therapy

Context notes

Clients are provided trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy from nationally certified counselors.

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Parents,

Military personnel

Context notes

Number of client participating in stewards of children.

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers

Related program

Client Services

Context notes

Families are provided an opportunity to complete satisfaction survey via kiosk and anonymously at completion of services.

Number of children receiving forensic interviews.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Forensic Interviews

Context notes

Children interviewed for law enforcement and/or Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for an outcry of child abuse.

Total number of clients served.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Caregivers

Related program

Client Services

Context notes

Total clients served in client services.

Number of clients served in Adventure Therapy(FEAT).

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Families

Related program

Family Enrichment Adventure Therapy (FEAT)

Number of clients showing improvment as a result of particpating in Adventure Therapy (FEAT).

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Family Enrichment Adventure Therapy (FEAT)

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our extraordinary goal at ChildSafe is to eradicate child abuse and neglect in Bexar County. ChildSafe has been Bexar County's only Children's Advocacy Center since 1992 and has served over 70,000 primary and secondary victims since our inception. We are addressing the needs of our clients by providing services based on a trauma-informed model - making families feel supported and safe. In our effort to restore hope and healing to these young victims and their families, ChildSafe provides counseling, crisis services, case management, resource enhancement activities, and adventure therapy. Because prevention and education are crucial to stopping the cycle of abuse, ChildSafe works with professionals, caregivers and the community at large to empower change by providing training to school districts, education and healthcare professionals, law enforcement, parents and caregivers on recognizing and reporting child abuse.

To meet the growing need for services, ChildSafe continues to expand its client services and counseling staffs as well as its educational presence in the community. Through online and in-person trainings, 86% more individuals in our community know how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Additionally, ChldSafe added the Multi-disciplinary Team Enhancement Program (MEP) to further cultivate the relationships within the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). This resulted in smooth coordination of care for our clients through the investigative, prosecutorial and healing phases on a more efficient and timely basis. The work of the MEP staff has already resulted in an increase in the number of forensic interviews and subsequent referrals for all of Childsafe's services.

Further, with our Multi-disciplinary Partners (Child Protective Services, SAPD, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney and Juvenile Probation) and our design and construction team (Overland Partners and Guido Construction), we developed and created a blueprint to construct a state-of-the-art campus. On January 3, 2018, we began construction on our new 65,000 square foot facility located on 36 wooded acres on the Eastside adjacent to the Salado Creek linear park and Martin Luther King Park. Our new facility will be home to 30 Child Protective Services staff members, 66 mobile Child Protective Services workers, 21 Law Enforcement Officers, two Bexar County Assistant District Attorneys, 14 Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department Officers and staff, and 102 ChildSafe staff. Our new building incorporates nature and its healing powers into every part of our building and our thoughtfully designed outside areas inspire and provide space for healing and reflection. In working with our incredible Overland Partners team on every detail and aspect of the building we designed a building that will be safe, nurturing and healing not only for the children and families we serve but also for our partners and our staff co-locating in our building who do the very difficult job of providing safety and care for these children, their families, and to our community every day. We also designed our building with an education center and indoor and outdoor spaces that can be shared with our new Eastside community who has welcomed us with open arms. Our new campus allows ChildSafe to give the very best care to children who have been abused and neglected. It will allow us to increase awareness and community outreach and build a national model for how a community can come together to achieve something extraordinary for those in need.

ChildSafe will move into its new home in Spring of 2019.

A leader in the community in trauma-informed care, ChildSafe works with a Multi-Disciplinary Team made up of Child Protective Services, city and county law enforcement, and the District Attorney's office to ensure families get a continuum of care and perpetrators get brought to justice. ChildSafe also partners with agencies throughout the county to provide crisis care and emergency services. Our FEAT (Family Enrichment Adventure Therapy) program is recognized far beyond our own community. Working with 9 school districts, PreK4SA, and YMCA, ChildSafe is reaching more adults with education and training on recognizing and reporting child abuse. Our fundraising efforts and the support we received from individual donors, community grants and corporations enabled us to provide services to over 3451 child victims and their family members in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Further, the capital campaign is strongly supported. On October 14, ChildSafe broke ground on the 15 Eastside acres for our new campus. Harvey E. Najim, who donated $5 million to the project and for whom the new building is named, shared his reason for giving. “I make this gift to ensure that our most valuable asset — our children — are protected and safe," Najim said. “My hope is that their tears will turn to cheers and their fears to hope," he said at the groundbreaking.

All our donors who have committed to this project have, with their gifts, demonstrated the commitment to the children of our community and their confidence in ChildSafe. As of January 17, 2018, their generous gifts/pledges total $23,261.725.

It is evident that with this type of support from individuals, foundations, corporations and the City that child abuse is an issue resonating with everyone, and for good reason. The trauma inflicted on abused children has generational consequences not only for them but for society. We continue to reach out to prospective donors and supporters and will ask the community at large to participate in a grassroots fundraising campaign as move closer to June 2019 when our construction will be completed. Our goal is to raise $33.5 million, $28.5 million to build a state of the art, best practices facility and $4 million for an operational and maintenance fund.

The most important indicator of progress is the measurement of program success. Because children come to ChildSafe with low self-esteem, feelings of isolation and of being different from other children, our program's success is measured on an individual level, impacting one child at a time. Each child has an individual treatment / service plan that contains goals and objectives relevant to his or her needs and the needs of the family. Standardized, age-appropriate quantitative and qualitative assessments, interviews, treatment and service records and professional observations are used to measure treatment progress. The quantitative assessment uses the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children, which measures the level of emotional distress in five areas: anxiety, anger, depression, post-traumatic stress and dissociation. Results of the assessment, including changes in symptoms and efficacy of treatment, are given to parents/caregivers after 45 days, at three months and termination.

Child abuse numbers continue to grow in our community. In Bexar County, 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. The average age of children served at ChildSafe is between 6 and 9 years of age. These are staggering statistics that greatly impact our community. ChildSafe recognizes there must be a two-pronged approach to effectively work to reduce these numbers. Both intervention/treatment and prevention/education are key to ensuring children who have been abused can live healthy, happy lives. Without proper and effective intervention, these young victims of abuse are at greater risk of long-term adverse social, emotional and developmental outcomes. And increasing community awareness of the issue of child abuse is critical to reduce the numbers of children who are abused. ChildSafe is making child abuse intervention and prevention a priority. ChildSafe is making an impact, but we need to be ever vigilant in our efforts to reach more adults through prevention/education and provide intervention/treatment to more children.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

National Children's Alliance - Associate Member

United Way Member Agency

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Financials

ChildSafe

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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