Hometown Highlight: Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County
Founded by the Junior League of Collin County, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County opened its doors in Plano, Texas, in 1992. The center offers services to 100 percent of the children victimized by abuse and neglect and in need in its community.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the center opening its doors. Since its grand opening, the center has served more than 75,000 children and family members,” said Kara Shrum, Corporate Relations Manager at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. “This year, we celebrate this 30-year partnership at our Gala coming up on April 2 at The Star in Frisco.”
The center provides a safe, child-friendly environment where the families can receive services in one place instead of having to go to multiple locations to receive assistance.
“They offer services to the impacted child and their families for as long as they need services. This structure enables the children to communicate the traumatic event only one time instead of having to repeat it multiple times to different agencies where they relive it every time it’s shared,” said Garry Grier, FirstCapital Bank of Texas Dallas Market President and Board Member of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.
The center actively works with law enforcement, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), prosecution, and medical and mental health professionals. Services provided by the center include forensic interviews, family advocacy, support services, therapeutic counseling, and community education.
“At the center, we house more than 200 professionals under one roof to protect children from further harm and to help them heal from the trauma of abuse,” said Shrum. “Additionally, we are the only non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services for abused and neglected children and their non-offending family members in Collin County. These services are at no cost to the families and are lifetime services.”
The center strives to continue to expand its services with the growth in Collin Country and its commitment that no child is turned away. They’re currently in the process of building an additional facility in McKinney.
“Our goals for the next 3-5 years are to become financially self-sustaining with sufficient resources and effective strategies to accomplish our mission. Continue to provide consistent clear messaging for all community relations projects, and equip our staff, board, and advisory council members to deliver this message,” said Shrum.
To get involved with the center, you can volunteer your time or help spread their mission to advocate about their organization, or you can donate items to their Rainbow Room.