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2017 Center for Child Protection Board Officers Announced

The Center for Child Protection has announced newly elected leadership for its Board of Directors.  Tama Williamson will serve as President for the 2017-2018 term and is joined by Sam Butterworth as Vice President. Kristin Salyer will serve as Treasurer; Dean Leipsner will serve as Secretary; and Steve Harvey will serve as Immediate Past President.

Vegetable Gardening: A New Method of Therapy at the Center

This year, the Center for Child Protection developed several new and unique therapy methods to help children heal from the trauma of abuse. One method in particular involves a vegetable garden and the help of a scarecrow named Carrie.

The goals of this unique therapy method are several. First, it is a regulating activity because it

Dancing with the Stars Austin Raises Over $1.1 Million for Travis County Child Victims

Dancing with the Stars Austin, presented by Lexus of Austin & Lakeway, provided a 10th anniversary to remember with competition, philanthropy and a raffle drawing, all to benefit Travis County child abuse victims. The entertainment-filled evening played host to nearly 1,000 people in the Hilton Austin’s Grand Ballroom and raised more than $1.1 million.

Inaugural event

Teddy Bears for Kids

In one month the Center for Child Protection had 381 children visit the Center. Whether they were here for a forensic interview, therapy or medical services or here supporting a brother or sister, these children all got to spend time in our Kid’s Play Area.

The Center has incredible staff who spend time with these children before

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Where We Are Now

By Mary Closmann Kahle and Tara Powdrill

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, when we as a society acknowledge our responsibility for facing and preventing child abuse and neglect, and we’d like to thank the Austin American-Statesman for its award-winning reporting on child deaths from abuse and neglect in Texas and its ongoing coverage of

Center for Child Protection Earns “Partner in Prevention” Designation

Center for Child Protection has achieved “Partner in Prevention,” a nationally-recognized public standard to end the cycle of child sexual abuse.

The designation was awarded for the Center’s commitment to protecting children by training staff and volunteers on how to prevent, recognize the signs and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. To qualify, organizations must train