Travis County Center for Child Protection celebrates 30 years of operation

Mickler, a therapy dog, works with children at the Center for Child Protection. (Courtesy Center for Child Protection)
Mickler, a therapy dog, works with children at the Center for Child Protection. (Courtesy Center for Child Protection)

Mickler, a therapy dog, works with children at the Center for Child Protection. (Courtesy Center for Child Protection)

February marks the 30th anniversary for the Travis County Center Child Protection.

The center opened in 1989, then called the Travis County Children’s Advocacy Center. The center brings together legal, forensic and other services for children who have been abused and streamlines the process so children only have to share their story with one team. In the past, children would have to share stories of abuse with up to 15 agencies, according to a press release from the center.

“By working together on child abuse cases, each agency has the ability to focus on its component – investigations, medical, prosecution, etc. – all while collaborating and sharing needed information with each other in a timely manner,” CEO Michael Torres said in the release. “As a team, we are all aiming to help reduce the trauma for children and their protective caregivers.”

The center has provided services to more than 63,000 children, according to the release.



Center for Child Protection

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www.centerforchildprotection.org
By Darcy Sprague

Editor, Central and Southwest Austin

Darcy joined Community Impact Newspaper in Aug. 2021. Previously, she has covered local news from San Antonio to Dallas and reported nationally on education. Darcy graduated from Texas State University.