Center for Child Protection Announces New Board Leadership

*Pictured: CEO Michael Torres & Board President Sam Butterworth

The Center for Child Protection has announced newly elected leadership for its Board of Directors.  Sam Butterworth will serve as President for the 2019-2020 term and is joined by Anna M. Lee as Vice President. Andy Black will serve as Treasurer; Kristin Salyer will serve as Secretary;

Center for Child Protection Announces New Board Leadership2019-01-29T17:09:09-05:00

Family Advocates: Providing Crisis Intervention To Caregivers

How does a Family Advocate handle crisis intervention with families during their child’s forensic interview? Here at the Center, our Family Advocates provide caregivers in high-risk situations with crisis support, determination of needs, and intervention throughout their involvement with the Child Protection Team.

Reducing Impact of Trauma through Caregiver Support

During child abuse investigations, caregivers are often overwhelmed

Family Advocates: Providing Crisis Intervention To Caregivers2018-11-16T11:57:35-05:00

Who is the Travis County Child Protection Team?

Through a collaborative approach, the Travis County Child Protection Team (CPT) is dedicated to reducing the trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against them.

The Child Protection Team is made up of the following organizations and agencies: Center for Child Protection, Department of Family and Protective Services, local law enforcement, Dell Children’s Medical

Who is the Travis County Child Protection Team?2018-10-03T10:25:04-05:00

The Forensic Interview: Reducing Child Trauma in Abuse Cases

A forensic interview is a structured conversation with a child with the purpose of obtaining information about possible event(s) the child may have experienced, including abuse, neglect or the witnessing of a violent crime. In addition to being legally sound, the forensic interview is also a developmentally-sensitive method of gathering information with trauma reduction being a

The Forensic Interview: Reducing Child Trauma in Abuse Cases2018-10-03T10:20:35-05:00

Vegetable Gardening: An Experiential Therapy Method at the Center

The Center for Child Protection has developed several experiential therapy methods to help children heal from the trauma of abuse, and one of those methods is vegetable gardening. While gardening might not immediately spring to mind as a tool for healing child trauma, a therapeutic garden program can be a catalyst for significant intellectual,

Vegetable Gardening: An Experiential Therapy Method at the Center2018-09-24T15:03:09-05:00

Christopher Wohlers’ Story: A Tragedy That Sparked A Child Advocacy Movement

Christopher’s Chair by Damian Priour

In December 1989, two-year-old Christopher Wohlers was admitted to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. He remained there for five days after being scalded in the bathtub by his mother’s boyfriend, who was later convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the

Christopher Wohlers’ Story: A Tragedy That Sparked A Child Advocacy Movement2018-10-03T10:19:14-05:00

Trauma-Informed Yoga: Build, Create, Regulate

The Center for Child Protection offers many forms of experiential therapy to child abuse victims and their protective families. Trauma-informed yoga is just one type of therapeutic intervention used at the Center. The combined benefits of yoga poses, meditation, and focused breathing create a domino effect of long-lasting results that can help children heal.

What

Trauma-Informed Yoga: Build, Create, Regulate2018-09-06T16:05:30-05:00

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Know The Facts & Signs

One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. The magnitude of the problem is not fully grasped by the public due to the fact that only a third of child sexual abuse cases are identified, and even fewer are reported. By educating yourself on the facts and possible signs, you

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Know The Facts & Signs2018-09-24T15:36:07-05:00

Coping Kits for Kids

One of the many services provided by the Center for Child Protection’s Family Advocate Program is a mental health assessment, if needed, with children after they’ve received a forensic interview. During this time, the Family Advocates use an evidenced-based safety plan where they help the kids identify coping skills they can use when they are

Coping Kits for Kids2017-09-20T09:30:17-05:00

Center for Child Protection becomes first children’s advocacy center in Texas to be site-certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

The Center for Child Protection, Travis County’s children advocacy center (CAC), recently completed a 15-month training process to become the first CAC in Texas to be site-certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a ground-breaking approach to understanding and treating severely traumatized children.

The certification was made possible with the support of the St. David’s

Center for Child Protection becomes first children’s advocacy center in Texas to be site-certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics2017-08-25T11:15:26-05:00