Texas Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Child Advocates of Fort Bend

The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) a $5,000 grant. These funds will be used to support the Multidisciplinary Team Enhancement Program (MEP). MEP began in late 2015 as a way of identifying children who are victims of abuse and would otherwise fall through the cracks of the child welfare system.

CAFB is the only agency in Fort Bend County exclusively dedicated to providing critical services, all free of charge, to abused and neglected children and their non-offending family members. A CAFB Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) staff member reviews all state intake reports of child abuse, assesses whether they meet criteria for sexual abuse or severe physical abuse and, if so, refers the case to CPS and law enforcement. The CAC acts as a coordinating entity amongst CAFB partner agencies ensuring that all parties are informed, and abused children are receiving the help that they need to overcome the trauma they have endured.

For 25 years, CAFB has been providing a voice, healing the hurt and breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), CAC and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, CAFB improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 14,000 children since opening its doors in 1991.

For more information on CAFB or to become a volunteer, visit www.cafb.org or call 281-344-5258.