Hope. Healing. Justice.
Operating as a nonprofit 501c.3 organization, our advocacy center is the first of its kind in Hidalgo County and serves children from ages 2 to 17 years of age. Before advocacy centers such as ours, red tape, legal issues and ineffective communication between various departments during a child abuse case often left victims with little to no protection and often discouraged persons from reporting abuse.
Our organization seeks to reduce the emotional trauma of abuse and build a collaborative effort to ensure that all children are protected so that they may once again live with hope in the face of justice.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County has been in operation since June of 2000. It is a part of a much larger network of centers across the United States that are committed to protecting children from abuse and neglect. The National Children’s Advocacy Center has been a beacon of hope for countless victims of abuse since it’s founding in Hunstville, Alabama in 1985 by then District Attorney Robert E. “Bud” Cramer.
Cramer saw the need to organize a more effective system that would help protect children during the intervention, investigation and prosecution phases of a child abuse case. By coordinating law enforcement, child protective services and medical and mental health professionals, Cramer was able to initiate a system that successfully fought child abuse while protecting the child with the care and sensitivity they deserve.
The national organization has since solidified its reputation as an advocate and educator on issues of abuse and neglect against children. There are now over 800 chapters of Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide that have modeled themselves after Cramer’s original vision, including the Children’s Advocacy Centers™ of Texas (CACTX) which was founded in 1994. After an initial membership of 13 local centers, that number has increased to over 64 children’s advocacy centers across the state including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County.