April is Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month

We know child abuse feels world away from the all-consuming crisis our world finds itself in – but we know it rages on in the background of every major crisis as it is an ongoing, seemingly permanent, public health crisis affecting 1 in 10 children. April is Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, join is as we share the sign, symptoms, and stories of how we continue to serve child victims of abuse in this new landscape. #ChildAbusePrevention #BluebonnetChildrensAdvocacyCenerCares

April 3, 2020 is #GoBlueDay! Be sure to wear your best shade of blue to support for #childabuseawareness. and the work we do here at Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center.

Join the Texas children’s advocacy center (CAC) network April 9th, 2020 from 12-12:30 P.M. for a live virtual gathering to connect and discuss the importance of CAC’s during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19. Be part of the discussion by following the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas’ Facebook page @CACofTexas!

Children’s Advocacy Center of Texas (CACTX) will be hosting a Virtual Learning Series throughout the Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Take your work-from-home break with them and learn about how you can protect the children in your life from abuse. Follow CACTX on Instagram and Facebook @cacoftexas to keep up to date with these virtual learning opportunities.

Even during this time of uncertainty, we will continue the fight against the child abuse in our community. Join us by learning the signs of abuse.

https://www.cactx.org/public/upload/files/general/Signs of Child Abuse Card 2019 English.pdf

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for abused and neglected children in Medina, Real and Uvalde Counties. Thank you for your interest in the Bluebonnet Children’s Center! We are a non-profit organization that houses two (2) programs that fight to prevent child abuse.

CASA

As a program under Bluebonnet Children’s Center, Tri-County CASA has been serving Medina, Uvalde and Real Counties since 2001. The program serves as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children that are in a foster setting. Tri-County CASA relies heavily on the support of its volunteer that give their time to make a difference in a child’s life.
Cases involving Tri-County CASA volunteers are usually cases where children have been removed from their
guardians care and placed in a foster placement or with relatives. Our volunteers visit with the children, attend court hearings and other meeting involving the welfare of the child. Tri-County CASA volunteers are extensively trained to make recommendations to the court whether it is in the best interest of the child to return home.

The BCAC was formed in April 2002 by concerned citizens from Medina, Uvalde, and Real Counties.

As a program under Bluebonnet Children’s Center, the Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center has two advocacy centers to better serve the community. Our first and original location is in Hondo, Texas, the second location is in Uvalde, Texas. This provides much needed services to abuse victims and their non-offending family members in the Medina, Uvalde, and Real County areas. The BCAC also provides courtesy services to other counties including Dimmit, Maverick, Val Verde and Zavala Counties. Law enforcement agencies from the three primary counties as well as the 38th Judicial District Attorney and Child Protective Services have agreed to support and utilize the BCAC for child abuse investigations. Without the ongoing support from all of these agencies we could not effectively serve our community.