Joining Forces to fight child abuse
Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt, and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Last year, the agency served 1,247 children who were alleged victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of child victims and has served more than 10,500 children since opening its doors in 1991.
“We are thrilled to have Representative Miller tour our building and see first-hand our comprehensive “one-stop-shop” for child abuse identification, treatment and prevention,” said Ruthanne Mefford, Executive Director of Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Child Advocates’ multi-disciplinary approach is made possible by housing the District Attorney’s Child Abuse Division, the County Attorney’s Family Law Division, Children’s Protective Services (CPS), and representatives from law enforcement all in the Child Advocates of Fort Bend building. “This ensures that the child victim gets all the attention and collaboration to ensure the best outcome.”
“Child Advocates of Fort Bend is changing lives in our community. We are fortunate to have this team of dedicated professionals working to help these children and families,” said Miller.