On Friday, November 9, 2012, The Children’s Assessment Center broke ground on its expansion project during an official Groundbreaking Ceremony. This marked the beginning of a campus expansion to better advocate for all children in our community through the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
The mission of The Children’s Assessment Center is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community. As a collaboration of Harris County Commissioners Court and The Children’s Assessment Center Foundation, The CAC represents a true partnership between the public and private sectors for the most effective service delivery to sexually abused children and families.
The Children’s Assessment Center provides services to nearly 5,000 sexually abused children each year in collaboration with 45 partner agencies. Upon completion, the expanded facility will allow additional partner agencies to co-locate at The CAC and expand the size of the current training room in order to train and educate more first responders and the community at large on the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse so everyone can do a better job of protecting our children. The CAC Building Expansion Team includes: Gensler, Irvine Team and Tellepsen.
Father Clint Ressler of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church gave the invocation. Mistress of Ceremony was Dominique Sachse and speakers included: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee and Harris County Attorney, Vince Ryan.
The Children’s Assessment’s Capital Campaign has raised $16 million and needs to raise an additional $14 million to fulfill its goal.