Our mission is to restore dignity, hope, and trust to children traumatized by abuse and neglect.

As a Children’s Advocacy Center, we are the only nonprofit in Bexar County that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians for children and adolescents traumatized by sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  

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Why is our mission so critical?

Because the statistics are staggering:

  • 1 in 10 children in the U.S. will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  With 650,000 children living in Bexar County, these statistics mean 65,000 will be victims of child sexual abuse.
  • San Antonio continues to have the highest rate of confirmed child abuse cases amongst all major metropolitan Texas cities.

How many confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in the San Antonio area last year?

5373

Illustrating increase from 2018.*

*Texas Department of Family Protective Services Stats Book 2019

In 2019, 9 children in Bexar County died due to child abuse and neglect.*

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 to ensure healing of the child and their family.  We remove barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhance criminal prosecution with our distinctive multi-disciplinary and united approach to complex and severe child abuse cases.

Our services statistics for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020:

440
Average Clients Served Monthly
5289
Total Served
14,950
Total Individuals Trained

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