What We Do

The Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County provides a safe, child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals can collaborate within our own community to develop coordinated strategies to more effectively seek justice and promote healing for victims of child abuse.

What Is a Children’s Advocacy Center?

A children’s advocacy center is a non-profit agency that provides a multi-agency coordinated approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual and physical abuse.

Prior to the existence of child advocacy centers, children suffering from abuse and neglect often endured repetitive interviews due to lack of coordination between investigating agencies. Investigating agencies frequently duplicated efforts and complicated the process for victims and their families, increasing the trauma associated with reporting the abuse and jeopardizing the opportunity for successful outcomes in child abuse cases.

The multi-agency approach to investigating allegations of child abuse and to protecting children begins with the referral. Cases are referred to a children’s advocacy center by either a local law enforcement agency or Child Protective Services (CPS). Forensic interviews are conducted at the children’s advocacy center in an age appropriate room by trained professionals, who seek to minimize the number of interviews for children and to enhance evidence collection through the use of an unbiased and non-suggestive interview protocol. Medical exams are conducted by specially trained practitioners. Therapy and family assistance programs also are provided to clients and non-offending family members to help them understand their rights as crime victims and to assist them in accessing other resources in the community.

Who We Are

WHO IS THE PRESIDENT & CEO? The President & CEO leads the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County (CACRC), creating and executing the vision and direction of the Center. The President & CEO works collaboratively with board members, community stakeholders, partner agencies and the community at large to ensure the provision of services to abused children and their non-offending family members at no cost.
WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT & CEO DO? President & CEO is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to effectively lead the CACRC. Fundraising Works with community supporters, Board and Committee Members to ensure funding needed to provide services through the CACRC. Awareness Leads an ongoing campaign to bring awareness to Rockwall County regarding how abuse and neglects affects the community. Education Leads community education efforts for community partners, first responders, educators, and places of worship on the topic of child abuse and how to recognize and respond to it.
Family Advocacy provides a support system as families navigate life after a child makes an outcry of abuse.The goal of Family Advocacy is to assist families in the healing process as their child’s case progresses from investigation to prosecution. Guide families through the complexities of our criminal justice system.
The Family Advocate serves as a consistent point of contact for clients experiencing crisis or are in transition resulting from the trauma of abuse. Advocacy Works together with partner agencies and non-offending family members to enhance communication, ensuring the family’s voice is being heard. Support Provides emotional support as clients go through the criminal justice system and adjust to changes caused by the abuse. Information Updates clients on the status of their case and connects them with resources in the community. Provides information and education regarding child abuse.
A Forensic Interviewer interviews children in cases where there are allegations of abuse or neglect. Neutrality Designed to provide children the opportunity to disclose abuse to a neutral party in a child-friendly setting. Training Specially trained in the areas of child development, linguistics, civil and criminal offenses, child protection concerns, memory, suggestibility and disclosure. Investigation Used to gather details about a child’s victimization as investigating agencies observe to assist them in their investigations.
The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) consists of all agencies who work cases of child abuse and includes seven Law Enforcement Agencies, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, the CACRC, REACH Clinic and the District Attorney’s Office. The MDT approach increases communication and coordination of investigations, prosecution, and services for children who have been abused and neglected. WHAT DOES A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM (MDT) ADMINISTRATOR DO?
The MDT Administrator acts as a consistent contact for all members of the MDT throughout each case. Support Provides support to all partner agencies through assistance with case coordination, referrals to services, and interagency communication. Case Tracking Tracks cases from Statewide Intake through the investigation, criminal justice system and services provided. Case Review Facilitates Case Review Meetings with all MDT agencies represented to ensure that cases get the attention they deserve with a coordinated effort by all partner agencies.
Counseling is the clinical process designed to assess and mitigate the long term adverse impacts of trauma or other diagnosable mental health conditions. Counseling includes the assessment of both children and caregivers for mental health needs, development of a client plan of treatment, referral to external source if more intensive psychosocial assessment is needed, and assisting partner agencies with crisis intervention.
Counselors at the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County provide counseling for children affected by abuse or neglect and their non-offending family members. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Counselors at the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County (CACRC) are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

CACRC Board of Directors

President              Cindy Lindley, Soroptimist International of Rockwall

Vice President     Rick Carroll, Market President Inwood Bank

Treasurer             Ryan Bierds, Director of Investments Comerica Bank

Secretary             Robin Chouteau, Hyundai & Nissan of Greenville

Parliamentarian   Gary Freedman, Voice of Rockwall

Past President     Kenda Culpepper, Rockwall County District Attorney

Director                Veronica Chancellor, DFPS-CPI Program Administrator

Director                Donas Cole, President Baylor, Scott & White Lake Pointe

Director                Harold Eavenson , Retired Rockwall County Sheriff

Director                Terry Garrett, Rockwall County Sheriff

Director                Penny Maris, Triple Creek Red Angus

Director                 Felicia Oliphant, Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office

Director                Cindy Perrin, President-Texas Health Presbyterian Rockwall

Director                Dawn Redig, Editor In Chief-Blue Ribbon News

Director                Sheri Starkey-Parks, Chief Human Resource Officer

Director                Cindy Tayem, Area Manager-OnCor

Director                JJ Villarreal, Superintendent-Rockwall ISD

Director                Kenny Kaye Hudson, Assistant Superintendent Royse City ISD


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