The mission & story of the CACSC
With the help of our partners, we not only bring hope, healing, and justice to child abuse victims, but we also equip our community to recognize, report, and prevent abuse.
Our mission is to protect and restore the lives of abused children through team investigations, healing services, community outreach and strategic partnerships.
“I’m Miss Texas Outstanding Teen. And I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that forensic interview.”
A vision that began with a few concerned people is now a front-line collaborative effort that’s rescuing thousands of children from abuse right here in Smith County.
In 1994, concerned community members began to discuss the development of a child abuse program in Smith County. A steering committee that included law enforcement agencies, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Child Protective Investigations (CPI), Smith County District Attorney’s Office, medical and mental health communities, and the East Texas Crisis Center began meeting to develop plans for the program. The Child Abuse Intervention Program originated as part of the 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, and medical personnel in one safe, child-friendly place where the children tell their story just once.
Currently located at 2210 Frankston Highway, Tyler, Texas, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is completing a capital campaign with plans to move to a much larger facility to accommodate its rapid growth.
There are currently 70 centers in Texas. Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is an accredited member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc., an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, and a United Way agency.
Learn how we bring hope and healing to victims of abuse.
When child abuse is reported in Smith County, the CACSC reduces trauma for victims and facilitates thorough investigations.
Get equipped to recognize, report, and prevent child abuse.
The CAC of Smith County gives individuals, schools, and organizations the tools they need to prevent child abuse.
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.