Through referrals from law enforcement or Child Protective Services, BCAC provides services to victims (ages 2-17) of sexual and serious physical abuse and to their non-offending family members. Trained professionals conduct interviews in an age-appropriate setting with emphasis on the child’s comfort, minimizing the number of interviews conducted and ensure proper evidence collection. During the forensic interview process, the investigative team observes the interview from an adjoining room via a monitor. The recorded media assists law enforcement and the district attorney’s office to pursue filing charges and serves to ensure victim protection. Also served are children who are witnesses to a crime as well as community members who need information or assistance pertaining to child abuse issues.
Multidisciplinary Team Investigation & Case Review Team Meetings
Child abuse is a complex community issue. No single agency, individual or discipline has the necessary knowledge, skills or resources to confront the impact of this painful problem. Brazoria County Alliance for Children collaborates with 23 law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s office, Brazoria County Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services on each case. Every effort is made through BCAC to coordinate and support child abuse investigations. All agencies come together for regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the specifics of each case thereby minimizing additional interviews and avoid re-traumatizing the clients.
Crime Victim's Assistance
The Crime Victim’s Compensation Program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General and is dedicated to ensuring that crime victims receive all possible assistance. The Crime Victim’s Assistance Coordinator helps victims and their families fill out a crime victim application which is then processed through the Office of the Attorney General. Children who have been abused or neglected, along with their family members, qualify for assistance. Expenses that might be covered by this assistance include therapeutic, medical and relocation expenses.
Each year approximately 350 children are interviewed at the Brazoria County Alliance for Children offices. Into these children’s lives come dozens of strangers including police, foster care, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers and more.Family Advocates help watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social services system. They provide support to promote educated decision-making that is in the best interests of the child. Family Advocates track the case of each child, documenting all case activities, providing collaborative agencies with information that will benefit the child, and serve as a liaison by contacting the families with case progress or to answer questions.
When a child makes an outcry of abuse or neglect, they are referred for a non-acute on-site medical exam. Exams are conducted by a Forensic Nurse Examiner and supervising physician through a partnership with the Texas Children's Hospital. On-site sexual and physical assault medical exams are offered at no charge and alleviate stress experienced by the client by saving them time and providing one centralized location to receive services. In addition, expert testimony and consultation by a pediatric specialist assists in the prosecution of child abuse offenders.
Mental Health & Crisis Transition Services
The lasting effects of childhood sexual abuse are associated with a significantly higher lifetime prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorders including panic attacks, as well as drug and alcohol problems. Left untreated, abused children can be subjected to a lifetime of battling the effects of childhood trauma.
Although a child may not show signs of having been traumatized by the abuse, the child might be having considerable difficulty in trying to tell what they feel of how they have been affected by what they have experienced. Through therapy, the child can start to express him/herself in a way that is developmentally appropriate and that provides emotional healing for that child.
Therapeutic services are offered at no charge to the client and family.
BCAC specializes in child abuse issues and family dynamics.
Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Training
Brazoria County Alliance for Children offers multiple training modules to collaborative partners, school districts, daycare centers, churches, civic and community organizations and community members on the following subjects:
- Child Abuse Prevention
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
- First Responder/Multi-disciplinary Team Training
- Internet Safety
- "Play it Safe" - Grades Pre-K - 6th
- Bully Prevention Training
- ASK - Suicide Prevention Training
All trainings are free of charge and can be held at your facility.