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The Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center, the “Gingerbread House,” is:
A safe place where the Interagency and Multi-Disciplinary Team (Law Enforcement Agencies, the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services [Child Protective Services] and the Ellis County Juvenile Services Department) can investigate child abuse cases without subjecting child victims to repeated interviews and re-victimization.
A safe place that offers a child-friendly, non-institutional environment where young victims are not afraid to tell what has happened to them.
A safe place where sexually abused and physically (severe) abused children can go to ensure they receive the medical and mental health services needed to address the physical, emotional and psychological trauma created by abuse.
A safe place where the needs of the child victim can be appropriately addressed at the local level by those entities and agencies involved with the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and the assessment and treatment of child abuse victims.
A safe place where Law Enforcement, CPS, Prosecution, Juvenile Probation Officers, Mental Health Professionals and local ISD Counselors can receive training to ensure they develop and maintain the expertise necessary to adequately meet the needs of the child victims and facilitate the prosecution of individuals who perpetrate such crimes.
A safe place where communities can establish opportunities for individuals and organizations to aid child abuse victims and their families by providing them with vital support as well as the tools they will need to heal and eventually grow into healthy and productive citizens capable of making a positive contribution to society.
Counseling is available for the child abuse victims and their non-offending family members with a Licensed Therapist at our center.
We provide Crime Victim’s Assistance, Court Preparation, Court Accompaniment and Prevention Training for the child victims and their non-offending family members, as well as serve as a member of the Ellis County Child Fatality Team.
Training opportunities are presented by the Multi-Disciplinary Team Members for the local ISDs, as well as educational workshop opportunities for local civic and community organizations at our center.
We have a volunteer program (Family Greeters) and possibly future internships for Undergraduate and Graduate students from local colleges and universities with our on-site therapy program.
John Wyckoff, Executive Director
425 E. Ross Street, Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(972) 937-1870 Fax (972) 937-1891