In an effort to combat the injustices
of child abuse and neglect, more than 20 agencies recently signed an agreement
renewing their commitment to work together on behalf of child victims.
The ceremony, hosted by the Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) Children’s
Advocacy Center, was held at CAFB’s offices. The Protocol and Memorandum
of Understanding details the importance of the CAFB Children’s Advocacy Center
and lists the responsibilities of each agency in working child abuse cases.
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
is an important piece in the collaboration of agencies working to reduce the
trauma to children going through the civil and criminal systems,” said Fiona
Remko, CAC Program Director. “The Center helps to bring together those
agencies charged with the civil and criminal investigations of child abuse to
ensure that the unique needs of abused children are being addressed in a child
friendly manner. The Fort Bend community is very fortunate to have such a
strong commitment from police chiefs and agency heads in fighting against child
The CAC provides forensic interviews,
case management services, therapy and criminal court advocacy services for free
to families of abuse victims and to partner agencies. Child victims are referred to Child
Advocates of Fort Bend’s Children’s Advocacy Center by law enforcement or CPS
where trained specialists, social workers and therapists conduct forensic
interviews, coordinate the criminal investigation, facilitate resource
services, offer criminal court support and provide therapy to help children
heal from their trauma.
“We value our collaboration and are
most grateful for all of our partners who work very hard to make sure hundreds
of children receive the services and treatment they deserve,” said Child
Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford.
About Child Advocates
of Fort Bend:
Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit
agency that has been making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected
children for 26 years. Its mission is to provide a voice, heal the hurt, and
break the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed
Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates of
Fort Bend improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has
served more than 15,000 children since opening its doors in 1991. Volunteers
are needed to help in the agency’s Children’s Advocacy Center and in the
Court Appointed Special Advocates Program. For more information on Child Advocates of Fort Bend or to
become a volunteer, go to www.cafb.org or contact Lauren Jordin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-344-5259.
Shown, front row (L to R) are:
FBISD Police Chief David Rider, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne
Mefford and Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey. Back row (L to R)
are: Meadows Place Police Chief Gary Stewart, Sugar Land Police Chief Doug
Brinkley, Fulshear Police Chief Kenny Seymour, Arcola Acting Police Chief
Anthony Bingham, Child Advocates of Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center
Program Director Fiona Remko and Katy Police Chief William Hastings.