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Please choose from the following frequently asked questions to learn more about the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County.

Why is the Center necessary?

How is the Center different than other children’s agencies?

Does the Center duplicate other services?

Who does the Center serve?

What is the Center's operating budget?

Does the Center charge for its services?

Where is the Center located?

Are there other similar centers in the state?

How are children referred to the Center?

How can a business or individual become involved with the Center?


Why is the Center necessary?
Prior to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, child victims of physical and sexual abuse were forced into the adult criminal justice system being forced to tell their story through unnecessary interviews due to each agency’s independent process. The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County exists to minimize this trauma and assist families as they take each step in the criminal justice process.

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How is the Center different than other children’s agencies?
The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County collaborates with Department of Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services, Smith County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement agencies, medical personnel, therapists and community volunteers. The cases worked through the Center are criminal.

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Does the Center duplicate other services?
No. There are no programs in Smith County that facilitate child abuse investigations through the collaboration of different agencies.

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Who does the Center serve?
The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County serves children birth through 17 years of age who have been either physically or sexually abused. The cases are referred to the Center by law enforcement agencies and Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services.

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What is the Center’s operating budget?
In 2012, 42% of the budget came from government grants, 27% from private contributions, 17% from community organizations and 14% from fund raising special events. www.guidestar.org

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Does the Center charge for its services?
The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County does not charge for our services. Our services are provided in cooperation with law enforcement agencies in Smith County, Department of Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services, Smith County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital & Clinics, the Center's staff and others. These services are funded though sources including individual gifts, government grants and community support.

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Where is the Center located?
The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County is located at 2210 Frankston Hwy, Tyler, Tx 75701.

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Are there other Centers in the state?
The 69 Children Advocacy Centers across Texas serve 92% of the state’s child population. Of the 254 counties in the state, 148 are in official service areas of Children Advocacy Centers. In 2005, a total of 35,692 children were served by a Center.

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How are children referred to the Center?
Children are referred to the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County through law enforcement agencies and Department of Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services.

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How can a business or individual become involved with the Center?
Volunteers are an essential part of the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County's ability to provide free services to the children of Smith County. Our Center offers an assortment of volunteer opportunities because of the wide range of professionals working together at the Center. Please contact volunteer@cacsmithcounty.org for more information.

The Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County could not exist without the support of the community. Please contact our Development Coordinator at Kimberly@cacsmithcounty.org for information on how you can become a supporter.

 

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