Benefit for West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center tomorrow night

Lead Staff Reporter

There will be a benefit for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center on Saturday, October 14. A show, “Reflections of Patsy”, The entertainment portion of the benefit stars Lisa Layne as Patsy Cline.
At 6 p.m., the Center will host a cocktail party with a “Meet and Greet” style event for sponsors with Lisa Layne, Vince Vance and Representatives from the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center. At 7 p.m., the doors will open and at 8 p.m., the show will begin. At 9 p.m., there will be an intermission and a silent auction.
Patsy Cline was an American country music singer. Cline was part of the late 1950s/early 1960s Nashville sound. Cline successfully “crossed over” to the pop music genre of the time. Her hits include: “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”, Walkin’ After Midnight”, Back in Baby’s Arms”, “Sweet Dreams” and “She’s Got You”, to name only a few. Cline was one of the most influential, renowned vocalists of the 20th century and is still extremely popular today more than a half century after her tragic death in a plane crash.
Children’s Advocacy Centers in Texas are children abuse intervention facilities. The Centers are designed to minimize trauma to a child abuse victims by coordinating local community response for the purpose of investigation, assessment, treatment and intervention in reports of suspected child abuse and assault. Services at each of the sixty-one sites in Texas are based on child’s needs and are provided in a neutral, child friendly environment. The CAC also offers assistance and information regarding the justice system. The primary services the CAC offers, include the following: Interviews of alleged child abuse victims, on-site and off-site licensed professional counselors, coordination of other victims services and multidisciplinary investigation.
There are many benefits to having a CAC in West Texas. The following benefits have been reported by West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center: The trauma experienced by abused children is reduced. There are more offenders are held accountable as a result. Children always receive prompt and ongoing treatment that is tailored to their specific needs and family situations.
More non-offending parents are empowered to protect their children. Sharing professional knowledge and expertise makes decisions that are more effective for the child. Professionals receive specialized training and are better able to meet the needs of abused children and their families. Allegations of child abuse are handled quickly and more thoroughly. The community is better educated about the problem of child abuse and the needs of abused children.
On September 1, 200 the West Texas CAC officially opened to provide the following services to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members: interviewing of child victims, follow up progress with families.
Referral to or provide on-site therapy, referral to other agencies to help fill the family’s needs, case status updates, court related support, court orientation, assistance filing claims with Crime Victims Compensation, monthly case staffing for partnering agencies and over all general support for the victims and their non-offending family.
The West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center’s motto is: “Break the Cycle of Abuse, One Child at a Time.” Their mission is to bring The West Texas Children Advocacy Center’s Mission is to bring unity and efficiency to investigations of child abuse. Our sole purpose is to provide the best possible services to victims of child abuse and their families.
It is with events like this benefit that the CAC is allowed to continue their important work helping children in our community, Mitchell, Fisher, Borden and Scurry Counties.