Ken Nickel – Executive Director
Friends and Supporters of the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center (HCCAC), we are launching a monthly newsletter starting this month. The purpose of the monthly newsletter is to bring awareness of child abuse while providing information about the Center’s operation.
Child abuse happens in our communities and in our neighborhoods. We don’t want to believe that bad things happen here, but the reality is, sometimes they do. We need your help to shine a light on this darkness so our community can remain a great place to live and raise a family.
We not only need your financial support but your partnership in building awareness that the problem does exit, it is never acceptable, and we can work together to stop it.
Please take a look at this short video to provide additional information about the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center.
Ken Nickel, Executive Director
Kaylee Gaines, Education/Outreach Coordinator
The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center is excited to announce Virtual Training! These training videos are available live, or in a recorded format. While we still provide in-person training as requested, this another option to expand our outreach and educate the community. We can also set up a private webinar for your organization or group to attend.
These webinars are available to educators, schools, childcare providers, parents, youth-serving organizations, churches, other non-profits, and community members. We are continuing to grow in this education platform and plan to add Body Safety for Children and Relationships for Teens.
If you intend the watch this as a group please email the list of attendees, so we can document for our grants.
Please contact Kaylee Gaines, Education, and Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Webinars can be found here.
The Center is taking precautions to help keep our communities safe during the time of COVID-19. Please bear with us as we are following state guidelines and doing what we can to keep the children and families we serve as well as our staff and partners as safe as possible. The following guidelines will be followed in our Center:
6 ft. social distancing when possible
Masks are mandatory for those over 10 years old
Sanitizing between each client and of work spaces at the end of the day
We ask staff and guests of the Center to stay home if they are showing any signs of COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for the virus.
Ken Nickel, Executive Director accepts a $10,000 check from Mark Mayfield of the Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. HCCAC also received an additional $20,000 from the same Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation from the Llano County Commissioner Court earlier this month.
Alyssa Mikell, Program Director
The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center was created in 1992, not long after the first Children’s Advocacy Center was created in 1985 in Huntsville, Alabama. Former Congressman Robert E “Bud” Cramer, then-District Attorney for Madison County, AL., saw Social Services and the Criminal Justice System were not working together, which created a more traumatizing experience for child abuse victims. Former Congressman Cramer, with the help of other key individuals, brought together law enforcement, child protective services, the criminal justice system, medical personnel, and mental health workers to create what is now the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Using a coordinated, multi-disciplinary team approach, the systems could work together to help reduce the trauma of child victims.
The Multi-Disciplinary approach to child abuse allows the different systems/agencies involved in a child abuse case to work together, share information, and reduce the number of times a child must talk about their abuse. Therefore, creating an easier path to healing in the future. The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center’s Founder, Yvonne Evans, found this approach to be what the Hill Country was lacking for their children and set forth to create our Center. The Center is where all disciplines come to the child, in a comfortable, non-threatening setting. Allowing the child to speak to a neutral, professionally trained individual using a method that is legally defensible in court in order to gain the necessary information at one time for all disciplines. Many changes have taken place over the nearly 30 years that the Center has been in operation but putting the children first will always be our priority.
The first time a family walks into the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center they will be offered multiple different services. The child(ren) will receive a forensic interview, by highly trained individuals. The family will receive advocacy from one of our qualified Family Advocates. Our advocates are always available to our families to seek assistance or guidance for anything from assistance with Medicaid or SNAP to finding therapy resources for the whole family. In certain situations, the child(ren) may also receive a medical exam by a Registered Nurse, to ensure safety and make medical recommendations, as needed.
March 20, 2021
The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center is a place of Hope, Healing, and Justice for children and families in the aftermath of abuse as well as raising awareness and education of child abuse in our Community.