Join us in April to Stand up for Kids
We encourage you take action this month, share the realities of child abuse with a friend or organize an event to help raise awareness of this important issue. Here are some ways you can Stand Up for Children this month.
April 5 – Good Morning Texas appearance with North Texas Children's Advocacy Centers. Please join us or tune in to hear more about the fight against child abuse and how you can get involved.
April 8 – Show Your Blue Day – Organizations and corporations throughout our community are encouraged to wear blue in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
April 8 – Show Your Blue Night with the Allen Americans – Watch the Allen Americans take on the Evansville Iceman. The first 1,000 fans will receive a blue "Stand Up for Children" T-shirt so you can show your blue in support of vulnerable children. A pregame-worn practice jersey will be auctioned at the end of the game with proceeds benefiting Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County. Tickets are available at allenamericans.com.
April 23 – Gala 2016 – Join Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County supporters at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas for the social event of the season benefiting abused and neglected Collin County children. Enjoy an incredible night of dining, dancing, live and silent auctions and Lexus car raffle and top it all off with the music of Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
April 24 – Blue Sunday – This event provides an opportunity for faith communities to get involved by organizing a special offering to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County or by asking faith leaders to share a statistic or story during the service.
Child Welfare Update: Children sleeping in CPS offices due to shortage of foster homes
The Texas foster care system is in crisis, and children from our community are feeling the impact. In Collin County, approximately 13 children have spent at least one night at the Children's Advocacy Center since September, including one 17-year-old who stayed here for a week.
The Dallas Morning News reported this month that more children who have been removed from dangerous living situations are having to sleep temporarily in CPS offices while the state searches for their initial foster home placements.
The shortage of foster homes has collided with the ongoing foster care redesign project and additional scrutiny upon the state agency as it attempts to course correct following a Corpus Christi federal judge's ruling last month. The state's foster care redesign project aims to ensure that children who must be removed from unsafe living situations are at least placed in foster homes near their own communities. However, there are simply not enough foster homes for the children from our own county to be placed here. Additionally, because other counties face similar foster home shortages, an available Collin County foster home placement may be snapped up by a child coming from another county who needs a safe place to stay. That means that when a Collin County child is in need of a placement, a local foster home may not be available.
to read the latest coverage by the Dallas Morning News.
Thank you Rent-A-Center for helping us sell raffle tickets
Each year, our friends at Rent-a-Center host us for a day of selling raffle tickets on site for the chance to win a Lexus at Gala! Thanks to Rent-a-Center employees, we sold 78 tickets in just one day contributing $3,800 to our cause.
Raffle tickets are going fast, but It's not too late to secure your chance to win a 2016 Lexus RX donated by DFW Lexus Dealers
! The winner will be drawn on April 23 at Gala. You need not be present to win. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold! Click here to purchase
"It's a privilege to work here"
A crucial piece of the Children’s Advocacy Center model is the idea of co-housing all the professionals who investigate child abuse in one place where they can easily access the resources victims need. In Collin County, law enforcement investigations into child abuse cases are handled by detectives specially trained in investigating these types of cases.
Recently, our detectives from Wylie were giving their new sergeant a tour of the Center. They told the sergeant that other officers have expressed intimidation at the prospect of investigating child abuse cases – fearing that the stories would be too sad to handle. But, the detectives said that they don’t personally feel overwhelmed because they have constant support from the team at the Center – other law enforcement officers, nationally recognized trainers, CPS workers, social workers, therapists and the forensic interview team.
Because professionals are co-housed together to handle these cases, victims can quickly access the resources and help they need. Detectives are not left to wonder what help might be available for victims of crimes, and because the detectives have access to the resources the Center provides, they can remain focused on their primary duty – investigating crimes and putting bad guys in jail.
One detective said: “This is the healthiest place I have ever worked, and it’s a privilege to be here.”