Human Services

Children's Assessment Center Foundation

Houston, TX   |  www.cachouston.org

Mission

The mission of The Children's Assessment Center is to provide a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Ms. Elaine Stolte

Main address

2500 Bolsover

Houston, TX 77005 USA

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EIN

76-0458780

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Forensic Services

The Forensic Services Department provides specialized forensic interviews, extended forensic evaluations and family advocacy services to children and families to support the investigation of child sexual abuse. The Forensic Services Department offers a child-friendly environment where specialized forensic interviewers and evaluators obtain information in a non-leading, non-threatening manner. Forensic Interviews are digitally recorded, allowing all professionals involved in a case to simultaneously view both live and recorded interviews, rather than subjecting a child to repeated interviews. If a child does not disclose during the forensic interview, but there is other evidence to suggest victimization, the Forensic Evaluators are available to conduct extended sexual abuse assessments. This allows a child the opportunity to disclose what, if anything occurred. The Family Advocates are available to provide much needed guidance and support to the non-offending caregivers.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Victims

The CAC offers a variety of services ranging from crisis intervention and psychological evaluations to group, family and individual therapy of child victims, siblings and non-offending caregivers. Utilizing a holistic approach helps restore the children's sense of self, comfort and safety. Expressive therapies including play, movement, art and music therapies allow children to express their feelings in creative ways. Therapy teaches children that they are not alone, helps them understand that the abuse is the responsibility of the offender, and ultimately provides a healthy, guilt-free way to avoid long-term trauma. Upon referral, every child is evaluated and therapists, caseworkers, the victim's family and/or caregivers design a unique, coordinated treatment plan. Regular review meetings are conducted throughout treatment to monitor progress.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Other Named Groups
Victims

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital make a significant difference in the lives of abused children in our community. Under the direction of Dr. Michelle Lyn, Professor of Pediatrics with Baylor and Chief of the Child Protection Section with TCH, children receive the highest quality of care by skilled physicians. These dedicated doctors provide the sexual assault exams and unimpeachable expert testimony that is needed in court. Pediatric physicians administer sexual abuse and sexual assault examinations, utilizing state-of-the-art, non-invasive equipment. This helps minimize the child’s discomfort and fear during the exam and provides recorded evidence that may be utilized during court hearings.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Victims

The CAC strives to increase public awareness of child sexual abuse through our Community Outreach and Training Department. Our staff and volunteers are frequently invited to make presentations to schools, civic organizations, religious organizations and other social service agencies to educate professionals and parents about issues relating to child sexual abuse. We continue to provide extensive community outreach including educational programs, community and professional trainings and expert court testimony.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Family Advocates serve children who have been abused by persons outside of the home. Historically, these children fell through the cracks because their cases fell outside of the jurisdiction of Harris County Children's Protective Services. CPS caseworkers provide information, referrals and services only for cases in which children's daily protection is jeopardized by possible contact with the alleged perpetrator. The Family Advocate Division fills this gap in services for children victimized by relatives not living in the home, family acquaintances or strangers. The staff currently includes four Masters level clinical social workers who provide crisis intervention, needs assessments and community referrals.

Population(s) Served
Other Named Groups
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Adults

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Accreditations

National Children's Alliance 1997

Awards

LeaderSpring Mentor Award in recognition of your commitment to Innovation, Excellence and Exchange of Knowledge 2008

LeaderSpring

Team Excellence Awards for Law Enforcement and Forensic Interviewing 2010

Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas

Halliburton Hometown Hero Award presented to CAC Playroom Volunteer 2011

Halliburton

Top 100 Workplaces 2012

Houston Chronicle

Top 100 Workplaces 2013

Houston Chronicle

Affiliations & memberships

National Children's Alliance - Full Member 1997

Association of Fundraising Professionals 1998

Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas 1998

Americorps 2002

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 groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Families

Context Notes

The CAC and its partners are involved in the investigation, legal aspects and delivery of services to child sexual abuse victims and their families.

Number of clients served

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Caregivers,Families

Number of therapy and psychological services provided to children

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Caregivers,Families

Context Notes

The CAC offers a variety of services ranging from crisis intervention and psychological evaluations to group, family, and individual therapy of child victims, siblings and non-offending caregivers.

Number of forensic services provided to children

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

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Context Notes

The overall goal of the Forensic Services Division is to minimize the trauma to children by reducing the number of times a child is interviewed during the investigation of child sexual abuse.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Adults,Parents,Academics

Context Notes

Our staff is frequently invited to make presentations to schools, civic organizations and other social service agencies to educate professionals and parents about issues related to child sexual abuse

Number of training events conducted

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

Adults,Parents,Academics

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Children's Assessment Center (CAC) provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families - a place where they can receive the kind of care and treatment they so richly deserve. Our goal is to promote the complete healing of child victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Our mission is accomplished through 1) digitally recorded forensic interviews of children's statements reducing the need for multiple interviews by the various entities involved in a child sexual abuse case; 2) sexual abuse and assault examinations using digital colposcopy, a non-invasive procedure conducted by trained pediatricians; 3) therapy and psychological services to help child sexual abuse victims and their families heal; 4) expert testimony in civil and criminal court cases; 5) advocacy for children and families; and 6) community outreach and training to heighten awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse.

The CAC is Harris County's only children's advocacy center serving sexually abused children and their families. We are able to accomplish our goals with the help of our 54 partner agencies, including law enforcement, medical clinic personnel, psychological/psychiatric services and governmental investigative entities, all with the common purpose of protecting children.

The CAC utilizes various tools to ensure our clients are receiving the best treatment and care, including outcome measurement surveys. Our success is continually assessed inter-departmentally, through departmental and partner agency meetings and through our umbrella agencies National Children's Alliance (NCA) and Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX).

The CAC has and continues to provided treatment and healing to sexually abused children for over 20 years. It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday and The CAC wants to expand our outreach efforts to better educate and train parents, teachers, counselors, nurses and other first responders on the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse. Together, let's look forward to a healthy and happy community filled with children with childhood dreams... dreams that are not interrupted by abuse.

Financials

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Children's Assessment Center Foundation

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Diane Caplan

Prather Kalman, PC

David Acosta

Ericka Bagwell

Paul Bragg

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Diane Caplan

Brady Crosswell

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Christopher DeClaire

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David Elmer

Jessica Farley

Allison Flikerski

Rhonda Graff

Ursaline Hamilton

William Henderson

David Key

Kelley Lubanko

Lauren Maloy

Gail Prather

Prather Kalman, PC

John Sinders

Yvette Webb

Kelli Weinzierl

Rob Sanchez

Ken Borglum

Jordan Seff

Anthony Gibson

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
  • 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

Keywords

child sexual abuse children's advocacy center child abuse mental health prevention