Our mission is to restore dignity, hope, and trust to children traumatized by abuse and neglect.
As the only Children’s Advocacy Center in Bexar County, we provide expert care and specialized services to children and teenagers who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse.
Why is our mission so critical?
Because the statistics are staggering:
- In Bexar County, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday; almost one-third are not old enough to attend kindergarten.
- Last year, Bexar County, which encompasses San Antonio, had the 4th highest rate of reported child abuse cases in Texas.
How many confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in the San Antonio area last year?
Nearly 5,000 children going through unspeakable trauma – the 4th highest number of reported cases in the State of Texas.* 10 children in Bexar County died from physical abuse in 2016.*
*Texas Department of Family Protective Services Stats Book 2016
10 children in Bexar County died from physical abuse in 2016.*
ChildSafe: Together, We’re Making a Difference
Before ChildSafe was established, a child’s outcry of abuse didn’t necessarily mean the hurt was over.
For many young victims, it often meant the beginning of a stressful, scary, and difficult journey through the adult-minded criminal and civil justice systems, often times having to tell their story over and over again.
Due to the complex nature of these cases, our systems require the involvement of many different professionals to investigate, intervene, and prosecute.
ChildSafe provides a safe, child-friendly environment where multidisciplinary partners work together to create a unique plan to help each individual and family traumatized by abuse heal, as well as work to bring perpetrators to justice.
Our services statistics for July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016:
Read more about ChildSafe’s most recent activities and progress from our leader:
The whole setting of the center was very comforting and relaxing. The staff members are great in greeting and making the experience a lot less stressful and nerve racking.ChildSafe Client
Everyone was awesome and had good and positive attitudes, things a child needs when being under pressure.ChildSafe Client