Welcome, Rhonda and Whitney!

We would like to introduce our new employees!  Meet Rhonda Moore and Whitney Hughes!

At the very heart of Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County is the forensic interview conducted by a specially trained Forensic Interviewer in a child-friendly and safe environment. This is the first step in the investigation of a child abuse case and, in turn, the first step to healing for the child.  It is the forensic interview that often provides the necessary evidence to kick off the investigation that may lead to criminal prosecution of the offender, thus, providing justice for the child.  As our new Forensic Services Coordinator, Rhonda comes to us with a background in psychology and counseling, as well as a wealth of experience working with children and adolescents.

Education for children as well as adults is critical to stopping the cycle of abuse and neglect. Awareness and prevention programs through schools, daycare centers, church, and community youth youth programs are available to children, youth, and adults throughout Van Zandt County.  As our new Community Education Coordinator, Whitney comes to us with extensive experience in criminal justice and adult education.

1st Annual Free State Back to School Jubilee

Join us for the 1st Annual Free State Back to School Jubilee benefiting the children and families of Van Zandt County!

The mission of the Free State Back to School Jubilee is to allow children and families be well prepared for the new school year. We aim to provide resources such as immunizations, physicals, school supplies and other needs to assist in starting a new school year on the right foot.

Date and Time:  Saturday, 12 August 2017, 900 am-300pm
Location:  Civic Center at 800 First Monday Lane, Canton TX
Registration Deadline:  Friday, 30 June 2

2017 Back to school sponsor and vendor packet

 

Candlelight vigil scheduled

IMPACT Van Zandt will hold a candle light vigil on Monday, 03 April 2017, at 530 pm on the Van Zandt County courthouse steps (facing Val’s) for child abuse awareness and prevention month. In 2015, 171 children in Texas died at the hands of abuse and neglect. We hope that you can all be there and help us remember those and other children in our county who are victims of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.

 

Backpacks of Love Project

Many times, child victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence may be removed from their homes, or taken while at school to safer alternative places to stay, and are not able to pack needed items from home to take with them. Many times they enter emergency care, foster care, or placement with other family members with only the clothes on their backs.

Click here to learn more about the project and how you can help.

Job Posting Closes 17 Feb 2017

Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County, Inc.

Position Announcement

February 2017

POSITION:             Community Education Coordinator

Reports To:            Executive Director

FLSA Status:         Full-Time Exempt (salaried)

Closing Date:         17 February 2017

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in coordination with various community agencies, community groups, and the Multidisciplinary Team, this team member works in the area of education, training, and outreach, and also to recruit, retain and train volunteers to support agency services to victims and provide community and professional education regarding victim identification and victims’ rights.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Seeks, establishes, and maintains positive working relationships with public and private schools, daycares, universities, community agencies, community groups, and/or agencies to educate and train personnel:
    • in the area of identifying victims of child sexual abuse,
    • the proper steps to take to report the abuse, and
    • the role of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County  (CACVZC) in child abuse investigation.
  • Recruit volunteers to provide both direct services to victims and indirect services to support the agency and staff.
  • Develop and implement a volunteer retention program to ensure the continuation of volunteer services in support of the CAC mission
  • Facilitates agency education and outreach programs including recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers to teach curriculums used by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County
  • Seeks and arranges sites to facilitate child/youth education and outreach programs in the community such as schools (public and private), daycares, and summer camps
  • Seeks and arranges sites to facilitate adult education and outreach programs in Van Zandt County
  • Ensures that pre-test and post-test data is gathered from education, training, and outreach participants, ensures that pre-test and post-test data is stored and entered in data base in a timely manner, and works closely with the supervisor to analyze and report pre-test and post-test data.
  • Provides community awareness through presentations, trainings, and education activities to professional organizations, community groups, university students, and other community members.
  • Collaborates with other social service agencies to train their staff on identifying and reporting of child sexual abuse.
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate with community organizations to participate in health fairs and informational booth.
  • Is responsible for planning and organizing Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and implementation of such in collaboration with the Executive Director and other community organizations.
  • Maintain positive, professional relationship with all staff, volunteers and MDT members.

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Participates fully in all fund-raising and community events associated with the agency.
  • Provide support for Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County staff and clients as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel for rural services as well as for conferences and training.
  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate statistical reports documenting grant-funded activities.
  • Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled.
  • May receive training as a back up Forensic Interviewer, if needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree from an accredited college or university and/or 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Must have a telephone, reliable transportation, a valid Texas Driver’s License or State Issued ID
  • Ability to pass a criminal history check and CPS Registry check

PREFERRED ABILITIES AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Experience with diverse cultures, languages, and situation
  • Experience with and comfortable with making presentations to group
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Experience working with high-risk children and families
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with child abuse issues and knowledge of the proper steps to take upon disclosure.
  • Ability to organize a variety of tasks and deal with a variety of people.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities highly desirable
  • Possess computer skills and familiar with programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, and Outlook

It is the policy of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County to employ and serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to any non-merit factor. CACVZC does not discriminate against  individuals who are eligible for its programs based on any non-merit factor, including race, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

CACVZC Employment Application FY17

Applications may also be obtained by calling (903-567-1212) or through email (cac@etcable.net).  All interested individuals are asked to send current resume/vita, CACVZC Employment Application, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Dana Harader, Executive Director

Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County

P.O. Box 291

Canton, TX  75103

Board member application

Are you interested in becoming a CACVZC Board of Directors member?

Our mission is dedicated to child victims of physical and sexual abuse as well as child witnesses to violent crimes, while our goal is to provide children with a warm, non-threatening environment, eliciting forensic information from them.  CACVZC strives to reduce trauma through a unified effort that facilitates thorough investigations, effective prosecution and the healing of children and their families.

Community participation with a strong commitment to our goals, attendance, and by-laws are qualifications for this three year term.  The Board meets on a monthly basis, the third Tuesday of each month at noon, with special meetings called as necessary.

Board member responsibilities include fundraising, public awareness, decision- making, overseeing financial matters, strategic planning, and board development.

Click here for the Board Member Application Packet

Return your completed packet to:
Dr. Dana Harader
Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County
P. O. Box 291
Canton, TX  75103

or FAX to 903-567-0818

or EMAIL to cac@etcable.net

 

Position Announcement

Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County, Inc.

Position Announcement

January 2017

POSITION:             Community Education Coordinator

Reports To:            Executive Director

FLSA Status:         Full-Time Exempt (salaried)

Closing Date:         17 February 2017

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in coordination with various community agencies, community groups, and the Multidisciplinary Team, this team member works in the area of education, training, and outreach, and also to recruit, retain and train volunteers to support agency services to victims and provide community and professional education regarding victim identification and victims’ rights.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Seeks, establishes, and maintains positive working relationships with public and private schools, daycares, universities, community agencies, community groups, and/or agencies to educate and train personnel:
    • in the area of identifying victims of child sexual abuse,
    • the proper steps to take to report the abuse, and
    • the role of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County  (CACVZC) in child abuse investigation.
  • Recruit volunteers to provide both direct services to victims and indirect services to support the agency and staff.
  • Develop and implement a volunteer retention program to ensure the continuation of volunteer services in support of the CAC mission
  • Facilitates agency education and outreach programs including recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers to teach curriculums used by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County
  • Seeks and arranges sites to facilitate child/youth education and outreach programs in the community such as schools (public and private), daycares, and summer camps
  • Seeks and arranges sites to facilitate adult education and outreach programs in Van Zandt County
  • Ensures that pre-test and post-test data is gathered from education, training, and outreach participants, ensures that pre-test and post-test data is stored and entered in data base in a timely manner, and works closely with the supervisor to analyze and report pre-test and post-test data.
  • Provides community awareness through presentations, trainings, and education activities to professional organizations, community groups, university students, and other community members.
  • Collaborates with other social service agencies to train their staff on identifying and reporting of child sexual abuse.
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate with community organizations to participate in health fairs and informational booth.
  • Is responsible for planning and organizing Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and implementation of such in collaboration with the Executive Director and other community organizations.
  • Maintain positive, professional relationship with all staff, volunteers and MDT members.

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Participates fully in all fund-raising and community events associated with the agency.
  • Provide support for Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County staff and clients as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel for rural services as well as for conferences and training.
  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate statistical reports documenting grant-funded activities.
  • Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled.
  • May receive training as a back up Forensic Interviewer, if needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree from an accredited college or university and/or 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Must have a telephone, reliable transportation, a valid Texas Driver’s License or State Issued ID
  • Ability to pass a criminal history check and CPS Registry check

PREFERRED ABILITIES AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Experience with diverse cultures, languages, and situation
  • Experience with and comfortable with making presentations to group
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Experience working with high-risk children and families
  • Knowledge of and experience in working with child abuse issues and knowledge of the proper steps to take upon disclosure.
  • Ability to organize a variety of tasks and deal with a variety of people.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities highly desirable
  • Possess computer skills and familiar with programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, and Outlook

It is the policy of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County to employ and serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard to any non-merit factor. CACVZC does not discriminate against  individuals who are eligible for its programs based on any non-merit factor, including race, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

CACVZC Employment Application FY17

Applications may also be obtained by calling (903-567-1212) or through email (cac@etcable.net).  All interested individuals are asked to send current resume/vita, CACVZC Employment Application, and 3 letters of reference to:

Dr. Dana Harader, Executive Director

Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County

P.O. Box 291

Canton, TX  75103