Letter from Our CEO

Did you know that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18 years old?  Or that a child is abused every 8 minutes in the state of Texas?  Or that child abuse costs our society over $100 billion a year?

Child Abuse is a critical issue and public health epidemic that gravely impacts the victims themselves – the children and their families.  But it also puts stress on our community – our courts, child welfare system, law enforcement, judicial system, medical centers, mental health providers, substance abuse centers and schools.

Welcome to the new Child Advocates of Fort Bend website.  We designed the site to be your one-stop resource for child abuse and neglect.  You can learn about abuse, access resources and find out what services and programs we offer victims and their families. You can get involved by volunteering, donating, attending an event or becoming an ambassador to spread the word.  The website has separate sections for children, teachers and educators, parents, community groups, volunteers, board members and the media.  Our goal is to make sure that EVERY child who is the victim of child abuse gets the help they need.  Our services are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of EACH child. We also focus on prevention so other children do not become victims.  Our vision is to put an end to child abuse in our community.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide a voice, heal the hurt and break the cycle of abuse and neglect for all children in Fort Bend County.  Celebrating our 25th anniversary, we have served over 14,000 children since we opened.  And every year that number grows.

We provide direct services to children and we collaborate with 40 partner agencies in a team approach.  This Multi-Disciplinary Team model is considered the “best practice” in the field of investigation, advocacy and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is unique in many ways:

  • Comprehensive Services: We are an umbrella agency and operate two nationally-affiliated programs:  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA™) and a Children’s Advocacy Center so that we can address all forms of abuse and neglect.
  • On-Site Collaboration: Our partners are “co-housed” with us in our building to facilitate collaboration and ensure that “no child falls through the cracks.” On-site are the child abuse divisions of the District Attorney’s and County Attorney’s Offices, detectives from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and an investigative unit of Children’s Protective Services.
  • 100% Match: We match 100% of children in foster care with a CASA to provide them a voice and ensure that their “best interests” are addressed.
  • Free: All our services to children and families are at no charge, regardless of ability to pay.

We are so fortunate in Fort Bend County that we have a place where victims of abuse can get the help they need.

Ruthanne Mefford
Chief Executive Officer