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Resources in Response to the Coronavirus Crisis

CACTX Resources: 

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic- English & Spanish  |  Managing Stress During COVID-19: A Resource for Parents- English & Spanish  |  Teacher's Guide: Response to COVID-19- English  |  CACTX's CovidCast- Project Resiliency- Podcasts available in both English & Spanish  |  Virtual Event: Protecting Children from Abuse During Unusual Times- Recording  |  CEO Remarks from Virtual Event- English  |  Keeping Kids Safe Information Card- English  |  Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Card - English & Spanish  |  Signs of Child Abuse Card - English Spanish  |  A Texas School Employee Guide Brochure - English & Spanish

External Resources:  

Darkness to Light  |  Texas Association of School Administrators  |  Texas Department of Family and Protective Services  |  Texas Education Agency  |  National Children's Alliance

Resources for Parents: 

COVID-19: Help for Parents to Weather the Coronavirus Crisis  |  WHO: Healthy Parenting in the Time of COVID-19  |  American Academy of Pediatrics Advice for Parents Experiencing Stress Over COVID-19  |  Talking to Your Child About the Coronavirus   |  CDC: Stress and Coping During COVID-19  |  Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home  |  Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19 

The Texas Youth Helpline:

Call 1-800-989-6884, Text 512-872-5777 or Chat Online 

Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: Call 833-986-1919 – Available 24/7  


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Did you know:

Out of 59,919 child victims served at a CAC in Texas during state fiscal year 2019, 47%

were between the ages of 6 and 12.

Report Suspected Abuse
Call 1-800-252-5400 or 9-1-1

News & Events

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Host 2nd Dream Big Blanket Wrapping Party

CACTX Women of Courage members participated in their 2nd Dream Big Blanket Wrapping Party at the Texas Governor’s Mansion! Members participated in a volunteer event where they assembled the Dream Big blankets that will be shipped to the participating CACs in the 2019 My Safe Space: A Room Makeover Project. Thank you to our host and Honorary Woman of Courage, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott!

U.S. Senator John Cornyn Visits CAC and Discusses Child Sexual Abuse Training Legislation

CACTX and the Center for Child Protection hosted U.S. Senator John Cornyn for a roundtable on April 17th to discuss the importance of training on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child sexual abuse. Senator Cornyn recently filed the Jenna Quinn Law that would authorize federal funding for training programs, like those at Texas CACs, via federal grants through the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. This new funding opportunity could help sustain our CAC network’s ability to ensure school employees, parents, children, and community members are trained in preventing, recognizing, and reporting abuse.

Joy Rauls Talks Preventing Child Abuse

CACTX CEO Joy Rauls was featured on Spectrum News Austin’s In Focus for Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. Joy spoke about the vital part we all play in keeping children safe and the continuing impact of the Texas CAC network.

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CACTX is dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of those individuals and agencies who work with child abuse victims within CAC settings. As a central resource for information and technical assistance, we offer a broad array of educational opportunities for CAC personnel, board members and multidisciplinary team members.

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Our partners ensure that CACTX continues to provide vital resources to children’s advocacy centers in Texas.

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