For 25 years, the Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children's advocacy center, has been the first stop for children entering the justice system because of suspected sexual abuse, for serious physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility in Travis County where children and their protective family or caregiver go for evidence gathering, forensic medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child-abuse cases. Referrals are made exclusively through law enforcement and Child Protective Services, and all services are provided at no charge.
As a member of the Travis County Child Protection Team, the Center's mission is to reduce the trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children. Since opening their doors, they have provided 71,823 services to children, including 13,322 forensic interviews and 41,700 services to adults.
Cindy Fegley, Kat Brooks and Vicki Tatelman at the 10th year PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon
The CenTex Chapter supports the Center because of their vision to end the cycle of child abuse through advocacy, education and community support. Members of the CenTex executive board have helped raise funds through one of the Center's best-known events, the PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon, a rendezvous of tasty drinks, fabulous auction items and Bingo games called by local meteorologist Jim Spencer.
Vicki Landon, co-founder and current co-chair of the CenTex Chapter, has served as the president of the Friends of Christopher Guild, an organization committed to sustaining and expanding the safety net for abused children in Travis County through support of the Center. In her role as president, she also served on the Center's board of directors. PlayBingo and the Center's other signature event, Dancing with the Stars Austin, which features local celebrities competing in a dance-off, raise much-needed funds for the Center, so that they can continue the important work of raising awareness and educating the public while helping the community's most vulnerable young abuse victims.
Please join us in celebrating their 25th anniversary by pledging to give $25 or more in support of their 25 years of service to the Central Texas community. Your small donation will make a big difference!