Child Advocates of Fort Bend Receives Community Leadership Award

200-advocateIn an evening ceremony, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc. (CACTX) was recognized for its efforts on behalf of child victims of physical and sexual abuse across Texas. Recognized by First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards and the OneStar Foundation, CACTX joins a select group of individuals, groups and organizations honored for a significant and measurable contribution to their communities.

“The power of the public-private partnerships our membership has established at 69 different Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the state cannot be overstated. Through these intricate collaborations, our network is able to provide much needed assistance to nearly 40,000 Texas children every year who have been subjected to heartbreaking abuse,” said Joy Hughes Rauls, Executive Director of CACTX. “We are grateful to our partners across the state, law enforcement, CPS, prosecution, medical and mental health providers and volunteers, who have joined this collective vision of justice and healing for the smallest of victims.”

CACs are a nationally renowned solution to the challenges facing the child victims of sexual and physical abuse. At their core, the centers provide a place for representatives of law enforcement, legal, medical and Child Protective Service organizations to coordinate the pursuit of justice for perpetrators and therapeutic healing for victims and their families. Forging partnerships with community volunteers, child welfare advocates and government agencies, local centers also provide the much needed support these families need while seeking justice.

“In Fort Bend County, Child Advocates of Fort Bend provides crucial services to 1,498 children and families a year. Without the support of our local partnerships with law enforcement, CPS, the District Attorney’s Office and others, the positive impact we are making on our community would not be possible,” said Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend. “We are proud to accept this award alongside CACTX.”

“Texas is so fortunate to have a First Lady like Cecilia Abbott and an organization like the OneStar Foundation who understand the value of partnerships within communities,” concluded Rauls. “We dream that, someday, child abuse will be eradicated, but until then, we’ll keep working together in the service of a tragic but vital cause. I’m proud to accept this award on their behalf.”