Special to the Reporter

The Texas Bar Foundation awarded the Children's Advocacy Center of Hood and Somervell Counties $23,255 to purchase two new electronic recording systems to use in the center's forensic interview process with child abuse victims.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nations largest charitably funded bar foundation.

The CACHS is honored to have been awarded this money and is excited about the opportunities that will come from the new updated equipment. It will provide the center the ability to produce better quality recorded interviews and also allow the purchase of remote equipment that will allow them to conduct interviews off site.

The CACHS is a local non-profit, community-based organization founded to meet the unique needs of child abuse victims by promoting coordination among the agencies responding to child abuse. Before the Children’s Advocacy Center model was created, child abuse victims were forced to give details of their abuse to many different agencies, over and over again. The CACHS ensures that a child only has to tell their story of abuse one time by providing forensic interview services.

These fact-finding interviews are conducted by a trained forensic interviewer in an age appropriate and child-friendly environment. Investigative team members watch the interview and take their investigative notes via closed circuit television as the interview is taking place so the child only has to speak to one person.