The mission of the Children's Advocacy Center of the South Plains (CACSP) is to bring together community resources to speed the healing of child victims of abuse and trauma. We seek to improve the lives of abused children in Lubbock County and the 14 other South Plains counties. CACSP coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in Lubbock and the surrounding communities.
In 2020 we served 893 children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. The CAC provides a warm, child-friendly environment to help children who are referred by law enforcement or CPS. Our average client is a 9-10 year-old girl, sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts.
Our center provides:
- Child-friendly, age-appropriate interview rooms where interviews will be conducted and recorded to DVD
- Coordination of medical evaluations
- Coordination of bi-monthly case reviews and support of partner agencies in their investigations
- On-site mental health professionals to provide therapy services
- A resource library for children, parents, and professionals
- An emergency supply room for children removed or at risk of removal from their homes
- Ongoing victim support and advocacy
- Rural interviews conducted across the South Plains
- Abuse Prevention and Awareness Programs for children
- Recognizing and Reporting Programs for Adults
- Training for law enforcement and CPS on how to respond to sex abuse crimes