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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Awarded Texas Bar Foundation Grant

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The grant project titled Demystifying the Law: Legal Resources for Children’s Advocacy Centers in Texas, will enable CACTX to develop a variety of materials and resources to demystify the legal system within which children’s advocacy centers (CACs) work. These resources will educate CACs on how to be prepared for interaction for the criminal and civil legal systems in Texas, common legal issues that present themselves in child abuse cases where a CAC is involved, and when and how to hire an attorney for legal counsel.

As the membership association for the 70 CACs in Texas, CACTX offers training, programmatic and financial guidance, and technical assistance to local CAC programs in a variety of ways. Through this partnership with the Texas Bar Foundation, CACTX will develop much needed resources, training videos, and other materials by which it can assist local CACs with general legal guidance related to common legal issues local CACs may encounter.

CACTX will work with Andrew Agatston, a legal expert familiar with the CAC model, to assist in developing the content for a variety of legal resources. Andrew is the CEO and General Counsel of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, and also a lawyer in private practice who has provided legal representation for CACs since 1998. He currently trains with CACs nationally regarding legal issues and their impact on CACs. The resources developed through this grant project will be delivered via printed materials, electronic materials and resources, video recorded modules and trainings, and in-person trainings.

ABOUT THE TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. For more information, visit www.txbf.org.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTERS OF TEXAS
Founded in 1994 with a membership of 13 local centers, the CACTX membership roster today includes 70 established and developing centers in large urban cities as well as in small rural communities. CACTX creates a statewide platform for public-private partnerships within communities, fueling the success of the CAC approach by uniting advocates and giving local centers a statewide voice. From their headquarters in Austin, the CACTX team coordinates services among the following groups: local centers, Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs), statewide government agencies, stakeholders, community volunteers, and child welfare advocates. Working together, they positively affect policy and funding for the CAC movement and partner service organizations. CACTX membership reflects the vast diversity of Texas, all with their own unique approaches to fulfilling our shared mission of protecting and providing for children. For more information about CACTX please visit: http://www.cactx.org/

Did you know:

Out of 47,000 child victims served at a CAC in Texas each year: 33%

of these children are male.

Report Suspected Abuse
Call 1-800-252-5400 or 9-1-1
www.txabusehotline.org