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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas to Honor Legislative Champion Senator Jane Nelson

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) will host the biennial Partners in Courage Dinner and Awards Ceremony on January 31, 2017 in conjunction with CACTX Capitol Day. Senator Jane Nelson will be honored with the 2017 Partners in Courage Award, an honor that is bestowed upon a legislative champion who has demonstrated tremendous courage as an advocate in the fight against child abuse. CACTX honors Senator Jane Nelson as a “partner in courage” who represents commitment at the state level that is equivalent to the profound courage that child victims of abuse possess when they walk through the doors of a children’s advocacy center.

“Each session, CACTX celebrates a member of our legislature for helping abused children through outstanding support, dedication, and statewide advocacy.  Senator Nelson is the epitome of a champion for children and has a long standing history of supporting children’s advocacy in Texas. We are honored to have the opportunity to present this prestigious award to her this year. It is a privilege to be able to work in support of Texas’ most vulnerable victims of abuse and we are honored to do so in partnership with such passionate and supportive individuals like Senator Nelson,” said Joy Rauls, CACTX Executive Director.

The 2017 Partners in Courage Dinner will feature Advocate and Survivor Shelby Morrison as this year’s keynote speaker as well as special guests Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Representative Four Price, and Senator Florence Shapiro.

Supporters of the 2017 Partners in Courage Dinner include:

AT&T | CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Direct Energy

Alliance For Children | Amerigroup | BNSF Railway | The Children’s Assessment Center & Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center | Jackson Walker L.L.P | Norse Partners, LLC | PhRMA | University of Texas at Arlington

Children’s Hospital Association of Texas | Children’s Safe Harbor | Gray Reed & McGraw, LLP | KP Energy | Locke Lord LLP | Texas Association of Health Plans | The Texas State University System | TXU Energy | UTHealth

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:

Did you know:

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

of these children are male.

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