A child or teenager’s outcry of abuse doesn’t necessarily mean the hurt is over. For many young survivors, it often means the beginning of a stressful, scary, and difficult journey through the adult-minded criminal and civil justice systems.
ChildSafe offers a safe, child-friendly environment where a multi-disciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and medical and mental health professionals can share information and coordinate strategies sensitive to the needs of each child.
At ChildSafe, children and teens aged 3-18 receive an array of evidenced based, trauma-informed services that include the following:
Our Forensic Interview Team assists law enforcement and Child Protective Services investigators by conducting specialized and unique investigative interviews of children making an outcry of abuse. Forensic interviews gather pertinent information from children in a neutral, non-leading, developmentally sensitive, and legally defensible manner.
Our Care Coordination staff facilitates the Bexar County Care Coordination Team (BCCCT) using a multi-disciplinary team and trauma-informed approach to the coordination of services to survivors of minor human trafficking and/or exploitation. It is a collaborative and community-based system of care to address the current and long-term needs of the youth we serve to empower and transform their lives.
A medical exam is available to any child or teen who has an allegation or concern of abuse. ChildSafe does not provide medical examinations.
ChildSafe provides counseling services to traumatized children and teens between the ages of 3-18. In addition, siblings and non-offending care givers may be eligible for counseling services.
ChildSafe’s adventure therapy program incorporates the healing power of nature and outdoor activities with evidence-based experiential therapy. Clinicians use rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and other activities to promote empowerment, open lines of communication, and build trust between family members.
I appreciated that everyone was very friendly and didn’t treat my children any differently when the situation they are facing is hard enough.Mother of an abused child
ChildSafe has never let us down. You gave me back my son’s wonderful personality. You gave him the strength to say 'I am a survivor, I am not a victim.' Those are the bravest words I’ve ever heard. And ChildSafe made them possible.Mother of an abused child