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CACTX to Honor Texas Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) will host the biennial Partners in Courage Dinner and Awards Ceremony on January 29, 2019 in conjunction with CACTX Capitol Day. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott will be honored with the 2019 Partners in Courage Award, an honor that is bestowed upon state leaders who courageously champion children’s advocacy centers (CAC) and Texas children in the fight against child abuse. First Lady Cecilia Abbott will be accepting the award on their behalf. This upcoming event will mark the first year that a couple has been recognized with the Partners in Courage Award. CACTX honors the Abbotts as “partners in courage” who represent 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 CAC.

“The investment and meaningful partnership of the Abbotts has enabled Texas CACs to reach 40% more children in four short years. We are actualizing our vision to reach every child who needs a CAC due to the Abbotts’ belief in our work and relentless commitment to the most vulnerable victims in our state. The Abbotts’ legacy of service on behalf of crime victims has made Texas the indisputable leader in this field with the largest and most robust network of CACs in the world. On behalf of that network, we are honored and eager to say thank you,” said Joy Rauls, CACTX CEO.

Supporters of the 2019 Partners in Courage Dinner include:




BNSF Railway | CenterPoint Energy, Inc. | Direct Energy | Magellan Health

Billy Millwee & Associates, LLC | Doug & Joy Rauls


Jim & Kay Kimbell | Norse Partners, LLC | PhRMA | Denise Rose/Jackson Walker

The Children’s Assessment Center | The University of Texas at Arlington

Chater Communications | Children’s Hospital Association of Texas

Dickson Furniture Manufacturers | UTHealth


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Children’s Advocacy Centers™ of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) is the non-profit 501(c)(3) statewide membership association representing all 71 local children’s advocacy centers (CAC) in Texas. Founded in 1994, CACTX creates a statewide platform for public-private partnerships within communities, fueling the success of the CAC approach by uniting child-serving professionals and giving local CAC communities a statewide voice. CACTX membership reflects the vast diversity of Texas, all with the shared mission to restore the lives of abused children by reaching EVERY child, providing EVERY service, and making EVERY effort.

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Did you know:

Out of 59,919 child victims served at a CAC in Texas during state fiscal year 2019, 98%

KNEW their alleged perpetrator.

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