About the Event

The Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center have been hard at work planning the 22nd Annual Cowboys for Kids Gala. The Cleburne Ford Gala will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Cleburne Conference Center. Entertainment will be provided by “Becker Magic”. The Becker’s show will include illusions, magic, music and comedy. Guests will also be treated to an amazing live auction with items that include fabulous trips, entertainment packages and artwork.

Dinner will be served upstairs by the amazing Meatmiesters. Guests will enjoy a family style dinner with some of this Championship Team’s best dishes.

You will want to arrive early in order to participate in the silent auction, raffle, jewelry pull and other fun activities. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m.

All proceeds from “Cowboys for Kids” go directly to providing services for victims of child abuse in Johnson County.

About the Children’s Advocacy Center

Before the Children’s Advocacy Center movement began, child victims of abuse were being further traumatized by the system set up to help them. Multiple agencies are involved in investigating allegations of child abuse. These include law enforcement, Child Protective Services, Cook Children’s Hospital Care Team, Juvenile Services and prosecutors who try the cases. As a result of the agencies working alone on individual cases, child victims were being interviewed multiple times about the most personal and tragic events of their lives. In addition, the agencies involved could unintentionally jeopardize each other’s cases with the multiple interviews and investigations. Today, Children’s Advocacy Centers across the nation provide a child friendly environment where all agencies involved in a case can come to the child victim. The child is interviewed once by a trained forensic interviewer. The interview is videotaped into an adjoining room where a representative of each agency involved is able to see, listen and communicate with the interviewer through a small ear piece. All agency partners work together as a team to coordinate the investigation and services provided for the child victim and his/her non-offending family members. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides the place for them to come together and facilitates future meetings in which they can share case information.

The Johnson County Children’s Advocacy Center serves child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and child witnesses to homicides and other violent crimes. Our Articles of Incorporation were put into place in July, 1996, and our doors were opened for services to the first child victim in February, 1998. The Center’s mission is to provide a safe place where children can tell their story and begin to reclaim their lives. Many services are in place for children and their families after the initial interview is done. They include individual, family and group counseling by trained, experienced therapists; play therapy; work with therapy dogs; youth self-esteem and goal setting programs; personal advocacy and mentoring programs; court school; special education and abuse prevention programs and field trips. The Center strives to meet the needs of the whole family group because they are all affected by the trauma of abuse.

All proceeds from “Cowboys for Kids” go directly to providing services for victims of child abuse in Johnson County.