Each year, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County's annual Holiday Project ensures that abused and neglected children served by our Center have a happy holiday. Because of the generosity of our community, hundreds of children receive holiday gifts each year.
Here are two ways that YOU can help bring a smile to child’s face this Christmas:
1. Donate gifts to the Holiday Shop.
Shop from our Amazon wishlists or involve the whole family and let your children pick out toys to give. Full details are at caccollincounty.org/holidayshop
There are 106 children still waiting to be adopted! Will you be the one to put a smile on their face this holiday season? Find out more at caccollincounty.org/adoptachild
The fiscal year for the CACCC wrapped up June 30, 2016 and with this end comes the opportunity for new initiatives. One of these new initiatives surrounds the issue of commercially sexually exploited children or child sex trafficking victims in Collin County. Although the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children has been on the national radar as a rising issue that needs to be addressed, we at CACCC, as well as the community at large, have had a difficult time understanding the scope of the problem here in Collin County.
Our first efforts in understanding the scope of the problem is to work collaboratively with local law enforcement, juvenile probation, and juvenile detention to establish a mechanism for identifying these victims. Often, these children are picked up by law enforcement for prostitution or as runaways and therefore do not get access to the services available at the CACCC. Since many of these victims do not self-identify as being victims of sex trafficking, it is up to the professionals to recognize common risk factors for these victims and make sure that they are provided access to professionally trained interviewers who will ask the right questions in order to give these children the opportunity to tell about their experiences and alter the course of their lives for the better.
We look forward to sharing information with you in the coming months as we learn more and make plans to ensure any child in need of our services has the access.
The numbers have been tallied and we are happy to announce that the 24th Annual Teddy Bear Ride raised $42,000 and brought in nearly 2,000 bears for the abused children served by the Children’s Advocacy Center. We are so grateful for everyone’s support, especially that of presenting sponsor Harley-Davidson Financial Services.
“Harley-Davidson Financial Services is proud to sponsor the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s Teddy Bear Ride,” said Al Ely, Vice President at HDFS. “This annual event – which we’ve been a part of since 2003 - is a great way for us to support employee volunteer activities and to give back to the community in which many of our employees live and work.”
Not every child is born into a caring family. Not every child is born to a mother and father ready to provide for them. Unfortunately, this was the case for Samantha. Both her parents chose drugs over her. After testing positive for drugs at birth in the hospital, Samantha was removed and placed with relatives.
Her relatives, the Petersons, took her into their family with open arms. Even with three biological children of their own, there was no shortage of love waiting for Samantha. But a child needs so much more than love as the Petersons have quickly learned. They have encountered some obstacles to bringing Samantha into their home to stay forever. One such obstacle is getting their home approved. In order to adopt a child, a home must meet a very specific list of requirements. For the Petersons, meeting these requirements is going to be very costly.
But their commitment and love for Samantha did not waiver and when their CPS worker saw the mountain of bills they were facing, she nominated them for our holiday Adopt-A-Family program. Through this program, a family currently receiving services through the CACCC has the opportunity to have “wishes” granted. These wishes go beyond toys and gifts for the children. They are things that will assist a family in picking up the pieces following the tragedy of abuse. The wish may be repairs on a car so that a mother can get to and from her job or maybe a washing machine to ensure the child and family have access to clean clothing. For the Petersons, it was repairs and renovations to their home.
Thanks to some very generous donors, the Petersons have been “adopted” and we are confident that with this support, they will pass the home study with flying colors and be able to make their home Samantha’s forever home this holiday season.
Want to help families like the Petersons? Click here
to make a donation or here
to learn more about our Holiday Project.