The concept for a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) originated when Alabama Congressman Robert E. "Bud" Cramer, Jr. was serving as a District Attorney. In 1985, Congressman Cramer reached the conclusion that many systems in place to support children victimized by abuse were actually re-victimizing them. Children suffering abuse were shuffled from police stations to social service offices, spending hours and days in facilities being questioned by people trained to deal with adults, not children.
Congressman Cramer's idea was to create a child friendly environment where children could safely tell their stories and receive the support they needed to heal from their abuse. His vision has led to the creation of more than 700 Children's Advocacy Centers across the country, including 64 in Texas.
Today children served by a Children's Advocacy Center are immediately surrounded by a team of caring professionals in a child-friendly environment designed with children in mind. Instead of describing their abuse to multiple adults, they speak with a trained forensic interviewer in a comfortable environment and the interview is recorded to minimize the number of times they must retell the details of their trauma.
A project of the Junior League of Collin County, the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County opened its doors in 1992 and since then has served more than 50,000 abused and neglected children.
Being recognized both statewide and nationally as a CAC model
Influenced legislation, including Ashley’s Laws
211 offenders have been sentenced to 7,758 years in prison in the past 5 years