Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County is dedicated to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and strives to reduce trauma through a unified effort that facilitates thorough investigations, effective prosecutions and the healing of the children and their families.
In 1994, concerned community members began to discuss the development of a child abuse program in Smith County. A steering committee of law enforcement agencies, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services, Smith County District Attorney’s Office, medical and mental health communities, and East Texas Crisis Center began meeting to develop plans for the program. The program was named Child Abuse Intervention Program and was a part of East Texas Crisis Center. In January 1999, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County received its 501(c)(3) letter from the Internal Revenue Service and became an independent non-profit organization, completely separate from East Texas Crisis Center.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County brings children together with law enforcement agencies and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services investigators, prosecutors, therapists, volunteers and medical personnel in one safe, child friendly place where the children tell their story just once.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is located at 2210 Frankston Highway, Tyler, Texas, in a 8,250 square foot building. In 2003, the building was graciously paid for by an anonymous donor.
There are currently 70 centers in Texas. Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is a member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc., an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, and a United Way agency.