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The Center annually offers Community Awareness workshops for the general public and for volunteers wishing to strengthen their understanding of child abuse, including its prevention, identification, reporting and intervention resources. 

Please contact the Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator Jacelyn Perez ([email protected]; 512-321-6161) for further information on any of these offerings and to sign up for email notification of upcoming sessions:

Children’s Advocacy Center 101

Familiarize yourself with the CAC Serving Bastrop, Lee and Fayette Counties. Learn about the Multidisciplinary Team model used at the CAC to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases.

What is Child Abuse?  Recognizing and Reporting (1.5 hrs.)

This training provides a foundation that helps professionals and the community by understanding, identifying, and reporting suspected child abuse.

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® Training (2 hrs.) 

This nationally recognized and evidence-based training leads participants to understand how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The training is video based with interactive activities. 

Sexual Behavior Problems in Children (1.5 hr.)

This course helps participants understand the differences between healthy sexual development and maladaptive sexual behaviors and learn appropriate procedures and responses. 

KidSmartz/NetSmartz Internet Safety Presentation (1 hr.)

KidSmartz provides guidance on teaching children about personal safety through skill building.  NetSmartz provides a multimedia Internet safety presentation tailored for specific audiences – parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children.

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Other Resources

National Children’s Alliance.  The National Children’s Alliance is a professional membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient.

Shaken Baby Alliance.  The Alliance provides support for victim families and professionals, strives to prevent child abuse, and seek justice for the innocent victims of child abuse.  

Texas Public Sex Offender Registry.  This registry includes public sex offender registration information submitted to DPS by local law enforcement agencies.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Darkness to Light.     This organization provides programs to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can find to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. The program, Stewards of Children, is offered by the Children’s Advocacy Center.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  This nonprofit describes itself as “the nation’s clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the preventing child victimization and recovery when child victimization has occurred.

NetSmartz Workshop.  This internet online program series, an initiative of NCMEC (above), is designed to help children learn about internet safety risks in an age-appropriate way  

Cyber Tipline  The Tipline receives leads and tips regarding suspected crimes of sexual exploitation committed against children.   This resource is also an initiative of NCMEC

Family Crisis Center.  This Center provides safe refuge and services to those who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse in Bastrop, Colorado, Lee and Fayette Counties.  The Center also provides community and school-based violence prevention education programs and conducts awareness events within its service area.

Court Appointed Special Advocates.   CASA, serving Bastrop, Lee and Fayette Counties, County supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

Bikers Against Child Abuse.   This international organization, represented locally by the Lost Pines Chapter, are motorcyclists committed to creating a safer environment for abused children. The organization works to empower children not to feel afraid of the world in which they live.

YMCA.  The Y” is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promotes strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding.