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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; and Dean Leipsner will serve as Secretary. These individuals support the work of the Center

2017 Center for Child Protection Board Officers Announced 2017-11-09T12:34:20+00:00

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

Vegetable Gardening: A New Method of Therapy at the Center 2017-01-25T06:43:45+00:00

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

Dancing with the Stars Austin Raises Over $1.1 Million for Travis County Child Victims 2017-01-25T06:43:45+00:00

Sold-Out Bingo Event Raises $500,000 for Child Abuse Victims

The 13th annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon presented by Lexus of Austin & Lakeway brought together a multitude of Austin women and Center for Child Protection supporters for a common cause – ending the cycle of child abuse – and a common love – BINGO. The ever-popular, sold-out event held in the Hilton Austin Grand Ballroom

Sold-Out Bingo Event Raises $500,000 for Child Abuse Victims 2017-01-25T06:43:45+00:00

5 Facts About Forensic Interviews

The Center for Child Protection’s primary service is the forensic interview. A service that gives a child victim the chance to tell a professional what happened. Here are 5 facts to know about forensic interviews.

  1. A forensic interview is a structured conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information, in a non-leading non-suggestive manner,
5 Facts About Forensic Interviews 2016-12-21T11:52:51+00:00

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

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Where We Are Now 2017-01-25T06:43:45+00:00

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

Center for Child Protection Earns “Partner in Prevention” Designation 2016-04-22T08:26:15+00:00

Ride.Drive.Give. Raises Record Amount for Child Abuse Victims

The engine roar of the world’s most exclusive cars signified an event of a lifetime on Thursday, March 31, at the Circuit of The Americas. Combining fast cars and philanthropy, participants raised more than $161,000, benefiting the Center for Child Protection.

“This year was our 3rd Annual Ride.Drive.Give. event at Circuit of The Americas, and it

Ride.Drive.Give. Raises Record Amount for Child Abuse Victims 2017-01-25T06:44:37+00:00

It’s Time To Shine Our Own Spotlight

By Joy Rauls, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas

The Oscar ceremonies were noteworthy for a number of reasons, but the biggest news was the Best Picture award for the movie, Spotlight. Chronicling a team of Boston newspaper reporters on the quest for answers in a child sex abuse scandal, it has given us another

It’s Time To Shine Our Own Spotlight 2017-01-25T06:44:37+00:00