Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Prior to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, child victims of physical and sexual abuse participated in the adult criminal justice system, forced to tell their story through multiple 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.

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.

No. There are no programs in Smith County that facilitate child abuse investigations through the collaboration of different agencies. The standards for all 70 Children’s Advocacy Centers  in Texas are codified in the Texas Family Code, giving CACs the exclusive ability to influence positive outcomes in the investigation of crimes against children.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County serves children birth through 17 years of age who have been either physically or sexually abused or have witnessed a violent crime or community event. The cases are referred to the Center by law enforcement agencies and Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services.

2016 Funding Sources:

  • Individuals,Corporations, Organizations – 22%
  • Private Foundations – 14%
  • Federal Grants – 30%
  • State Grants – 12%
  • Local Government – 4%
  • Programs – 6%
  • Other Fundraising – 12%

See complete report at Guidestar.org.

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

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is located at 2210 Frankston Hwy, Tyler, Tx 75701. GET DIRECTIONS

The 70 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. Last year, more than 43,000 children were served by a Children’s Advocacy Center in Texas.

Children are referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County through law enforcement agencies and Department of Family & Protective Services.

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 Courtney Burton, Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator, courtney@cacsmithcounty.org for more information.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County cannot exist without the support of the community. Please contact Pam Jacobsen, Director of Development, pj@cacsmithcounty.org,  for information on how your support can make a difference in the life of an abused child!

General FAQs

Prior to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, child victims of physical and sexual abuse participated in the adult criminal justice system, forced to tell their story through multiple 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.

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.

No. There are no programs in Smith County that facilitate child abuse investigations through the collaboration of different agencies. The standards for all 70 Children’s Advocacy Centers  in Texas are codified in the Texas Family Code, giving CACs the exclusive ability to influence positive outcomes in the investigation of crimes against children.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County serves children birth through 17 years of age who have been either physically or sexually abused or have witnessed a violent crime or community event. The cases are referred to the Center by law enforcement agencies and Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services.

2016 Funding Sources:

  • Individuals,Corporations, Organizations – 22%
  • Private Foundations – 14%
  • Federal Grants – 30%
  • State Grants – 12%
  • Local Government – 4%
  • Programs – 6%
  • Other Fundraising – 12%

See complete report at Guidestar.org.

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

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is located at 2210 Frankston Hwy, Tyler, Tx 75701. GET DIRECTIONS

The 70 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. Last year, more than 43,000 children were served by a Children’s Advocacy Center in Texas.

Children are referred to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County through law enforcement agencies and Department of Family & Protective Services.

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 Courtney Burton, Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator, courtney@cacsmithcounty.org for more information.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County cannot exist without the support of the community. Please contact Pam Jacobsen, Director of Development, pj@cacsmithcounty.org,  for information on how your support can make a difference in the life of an abused child!