We help child abuse victims heal. And we equip people like you to stop abuse.
Every year, 1 of every 56 children in Smith County walks through our door as a reported victim of child abuse.
While no week is average at the CACSC, on average, over 20 newly reported victims here in Smith County come to us every week—all year long. And studies show that 60-90% of victims will never tell.
Here's how we help child abuse victims get justice, find hope, and start healing.
When child abuse is reported, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County (CACSC) collaborates with Child Protective Investigations (CPI) and law enforcement to pursue justice, hope, and healing for victims. Here's how we help:
When a child is referred to the CACSC for suspected abuse, a specially trained interviewer hears and records the child’s story to provide each involved agency the info they need and ensure victims only have to share (and relive) their stories once.
Victim Services Testimonial
“The staff were extremely welcoming. Although this has been a tough time for my child and me, they felt like an extension of my family and let me know they had my back.”
— CACSC Parent
We'll equip you, your children, your school, and/or your organization to prevent child abuse.
Statistically, 60% of child abuse goes unreported. So, for every 4 children who get help, there are 6 who don't. And that's unacceptable. So, we're equipping the people of Smith County to recognize, report, and prevent abuse:
Our Internet Safety Workshop, How to Protect Your Child guide, and Parent Center community resource directory equip parents with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to protect their kids.
Not sure what constitutes "child abuse," which signs & symptoms typically accompany child abuse, or what to do when you recognize child abuse? These resources answer those questions and more. And as the name suggests, this training is, in fact, for everyone – including you.
Prevention Training Testimonial
“Whitehouse ISD is honored to partner with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County to be a Trauma-Informed District. Our staff are now better prepared to recognize and respond to students impacted by traumatic stress, provide the tools to cope with difficult situations, and create an underlying culture of respect and understanding.”
— Christopher Moran, Ed.D.
Giving hope to victims only happens with the help of people like you.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, our ability to help children victimized by abuse hinges upon the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations, and community organizations who see the need and choose to stand in the gap.