Addressing Child Abuse in Texas

Addressing Child Abuse in Texas

We stand up for the value of the health care dollar and the overall health of communities.  Few people are more vulnerable to economic and health issues than our state’s abused children.  That’s why our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program supports the Children’s Advocacy Centers™ of Texas, Inc. (CACTX).

CACTX represents 13 official children’s advocacy centers across the state as well as 70 developing and established centers.  Together, they make up the largest network of CACs in the country. As part of its mission to restore the lives of abused children, they provide training, program assistance, funding, and legislative advocacy to support the CACs in local communities. 

A CAC is the ONE non-profit to serve as the first stop for children entering the justice system because of suspected sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and those who have witnessed a violent crime. CACs operate on the fundamental belief that the best interests of the child victim should be protected as the case proceeds through the investigation and prosecution stages and beyond. CACs offer a child-friendly environment where child victims can feel safe talking about it, in the event something has happened to them.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) program has played a critical role in CACTX’s ability to expand and enhance its mental health programming. It’s also helped provide comprehensive and ongoing training and technical assistance for CAC clinicians. The support of HKHF has enabled CACTX to implement formal training programs in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Both are considered gold standard treatments for traumatized children.

Check out the video to learn more about TF-CBT and CACs.

Because of support from partners like BCBSTX, CACs across Texas serve 194 counties and 40,000 children each year. Texas CACs proudly serve more than 97% of the state’s population, providing children and families the healing services they deserve.

To learn more, visit the Child Advocacy Center's website.