The Children's Assessment Center Foundation

Protect children, heal families, prevent child sexual abuse

aka The Children's Assessment Center   |   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

Executive Director

Ms. Kerry McCracken

Main address

2500 Bolsover St.

Houston, TX 77005 USA

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EIN

76-0458780

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Of those children, only 40% will disclose their abuse. The Children's Assessment Center is the only children's advocacy center in Harris County and one of the largest in the nation. We treat, heal, and prevent child sexual abuse. We provide forensic interviews, family advocacy, medical services, and therapy to child victims of sexual abuse and their families for free. We are also dedicated to increasing awareness about child abuse and providing prevention training to over 15,000 community members each year.

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 Services

The Forensic Services Department provides specialized forensic interviews and extended forensic evaluations in a child-friendly environment to support the investigation of child sexual abuse. 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital provide skilled physicians to work in our on-site clinic. They deliver sexual assault exams and unimpeachable expert testimony needed in court.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Children’s Assessment Center works to protect children by increasing awareness in the community about child sexual abuse. The CAC’s training and outreach programs are designed to help families, community members, and professionals that work with children identify the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse and equip them with the necessary knowledge to protect children.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Family Advocates provide families with an orientation of The CAC, to explain the investigative processes, coordinate victim services, and to educate families on the dynamics of child sexual abuse.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

The CAC strives to increase public awareness of child sexual abuse through Outreach and Prevention. In order to prevent child abuse in our community, each of us must educate ourselves about abuse and make a personal commitment to stand up for children. We must do this as individuals, organizations, and, ultimately, as a community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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

Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas 1998

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, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We employ an extraordinarily effective multidisciplinary team approach in the prevention, assessment, investigation, referral for prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Number of mental health services provided to children

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Mental Health Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

Related Program

Forensic Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

Related Program

Prevention Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The CAC strives to increase public awareness of child sexual abuse through Outreach and Prevention.

Number of children receiving medical services

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Medical Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A medical exam is offered to any child who has allegations or concerns of abuse. The purpose of the medical evaluation is to assess the well-being, health, and safety of the child.

Number of families served by Family Advocates

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

Families

Related Program

Family Advoacacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Family advocates encourage participation in the investigation, treatment, and support services available to children and families with the hope of reducing trauma for children and their family.

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 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 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
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 57 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 has and continues to provide treatment and healing to sexually abused children for over 20 years. It is estimated that 1 in 10 children 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve about 5,000 child sexual abuse victims and their family each year. We also provide outreach and prevention training to over 18,500 Harris County community members each year.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Children's Assessment Center Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathy Wells

Paul Bragg

Brady Crosswell

Grey Fox Funding LLC

Christopher DeClaire

Ursaline Hamilton

Gail Prather

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Anthony Gibson

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2022,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data