December 2019

In November, 317 children spent time in our Activity Center. Additionally, our Therapy Department provided 904 services to 375 clients and family members, our Forensic Interviewers conducted 95 interviews, and the Family Advocacy & Support Services Department provided 874 services to 321 clients.

Madison was a vivacious, athletic ten-year-old who loved spending time playing outside. That was until a new neighbor began showing special interest in her. Clay was in high school, enjoyed playing sports, and was always interested in playing with her and the younger kids in the neighborhood. He soon began to single Madison out, inviting her over to his house, isolating her from the other kids, and ultimately taking advantage of their new friendship.

Madison's parents noticed she had stopped enjoying her favorite activities and became reclusive. When they asked her why she had stopped playing outside with her friends, she found the courage to tell them what had happened. They immediately notified law enforcement. A detective met the family at the Center where Madison had a forensic interview. One of our family advocates met her parents and reviewed what would happen next and the services that were available to their family. Madison now receives therapy services at the Center where she is working on her coping skills and feelings of fear and guilt. She enjoys meeting with her therapist and was happy to report that she's enjoying more time outside again. Madison's parents recently had contact with their family advocate and were updated on the progression of the case. When you support the Center, you are supporting kids like Madison and the team of professionals who work to give her back her childhood and so much more.

Every day in Collin County, a child needs our help. Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County will be here for them. Together, we can Give Back Childhood . Will you join us?
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This month was a whirl-wind of excitement as the Center was filled with volunteers and gifts in preparation for our annual Holiday Project. Individuals and organizations not only adopted children and families, they also donated gifts and funds to stock our Holiday Shop. The Holiday Shop is held for one day each year where non-offending caregivers are given the chance to “shop” for their children at no charge, allowing them the joy of presenting them with holiday gifts.

Thanks to many of you, this year's Holiday Project served 1,317  children!
We would like to extend our gratitude to our volunteers, donors, and staff.
We couldn’t have done it without you!

Blue Cross Blue Shield | Masergy | Credit Union of Texas | Cinemark
Texas Instruments | Atmos Energy | Pate Rehabilitation | Nothing Bundt Cakes
Vine Management Services | TOMS Shoes

Our annual Holiday Shop wouldn't be a success without the help of our many volunteers. On December 18th as families arrived to the Center to shop for their children, they were greeted with delicious cookies and hot chocolate from some of our Guardian Angel Society members. Caregivers then made their way to our conference center to shop where they were met by volunteer shoppers. These volunteers assisted caregivers in selecting the perfect gifts for their children. The shop was filled with smiles and expressions of gratitude from the many caregivers who walked away with bags filled with holiday wishes for children who've endured so much.

We are touched by the outpouring of support, gifts, donations, and volunteers that helped make our Holiday Shop a success this year. Thank you for playing a part in making sure these children receive the special gifts they were hoping for!
Estell & Pope Families Carolyn & Mark Speese DADS Advisory Fund Cathy & Richard Riccardi B.B. Owen Trust City-Wide Roofing   Cindy and Tom Heckard • Junior League of Collin County St. Andrew United Methodist Church Seekers Class Spark Tank