Victim Family Services
Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County’s Family Advocacy Program is critical to the success of child abuse investigations serving as the “link” between the child, the family and the multidisciplinary team.
The Family Advocate educates families on the roles of the investigating agencies, how the investigation will proceed and the systems that are in place to help children and families.
The Family Advocate provides on-going individualized support and assistance to children and families experiencing the trauma of child abuse.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County recognizes child abuse devastates not only the child, but also the family. The Family Advocate meets with the family to assess immediate needs and provide assistance with emergency resources which may include counseling services, medical care, housing, employment, clothing and other basic living needs. Based on each individual family, the Family Advocate provides referrals and coordination of additional social/family services.
The Family Advocate also provides orientation and assistance with completion of the Texas Attorney General’s Crime Victim’s Compensation Program, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes; visit www.oag.state.tx.us for more information.