Kids' Advocacy Place

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About KAP

Kids’ Advocacy Place (KAP) uses a multi-agency approach to the investigation, intervention, and

coordination of services for children and families affected by emotional, physical and sexual abuse

or neglect. Our facility includes a staff of highly skilled and specially trained individuals who work

closely with Child Protective Services (CPS), law enforcement organizations, as well as other

agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting these sensitive cases.


Why KAP? The criminal justice system was primarily designed for adult perpetrators, not child

victims. The process lacked coordination between police, prosecution, mental health and medical

agencies. Before KAP, children were often “re-victimized” through unnecessary and repetitive

interviews due to each agency’s independent process. The process often duplicated efforts and

complicated information in an already complex legal system. Kids’ Advocacy Place helps overcome

these problems by reducing child trauma, enhancing investigation, and resulting in improve lives for

child victims and higher conviction rates for offenders.


KAP serves 6 counties including, Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall, and Kimble. KAP primarily

serves children under the age of 18 who have been the victim of sexual abuse, severe physical

abuse, neglect or witness to a violent crime.


Children are referred through the agencies that are mandated to receive reports of child abuse: Child

Protective Services, local law enforcement, and prosecution (County/District Attorney).


Approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Child

abuse affects children and families across all socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial boundaries.

Additionally, 1 in 5 children is sexually solicited on the internet. Only 1 in 10 children will tell

someone about their abuse. 95% of children are abused by someone they know and trust. Kids’

Advocacy Place serves on average over 350 children per year.

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Forensic Interview

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When a concern arises that a child has endured abuse, a forensic interview is the best way to gather information pertaining to the allegation. A forensic interview is an objective, non-leading, legally defensible and age-appropriate, information-gathering process. Forensic interviews reduce trauma experienced by child victims by reducing the number of times they have to talk about what happened to them.

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The interview is conducted by someone trained in latest forensic interviewing techniques, child development and linguistics, and will take place in one of our age-appropriate interview rooms. The interview will be permanently recorded and observed by law enforcement or child protective services investigators who are part of the KAP multidisciplinary team. This allows investigators who are assigned to help your family ask the forensic interviewer additional questions that can clarify information and reduce the times a child will have to be interviewed. As a result, all members of the multidisciplinary team obtain the information needed to proceed on behalf of the child.

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KAP employs three forensic interviewers who ask legally defensible questions in an objective, non-leading and  developmentally-appropriate manner for the age of the child. Our interviewers attend multiple continuing education trainings each year to ensure that they remain current on the best practices and methods related to  forensic investigations, child welfare, and child development.

Family Advocacy

At the end of the interview, the CPS investigator and/or law enforcement investigator will

inform you about what to expect during the next stage of the investigative process.

Additionally, A Family Advocate assigned to your case will contact you at a later date to

follow-up with you, answering any outstanding questions you may have, and work with you

to ensure that you and your child remain supported throughout the entire investigative

process.

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Education & advocacy

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multi-disciplinary team

  

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is the foundation of a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). An

MDT is a group of professionals from specific, distinct disciplines that collaborates from the point

of report and throughout a child and family’s involvement with the CAC. MDTs coordinate

intervention so as to reduce potential trauma to children and families and improve services overall,

while preserving and respecting the rights, mandates and obligations of each agency. The Kid’s

Advocacy Place MDT includes representatives from the following partner agencies in the 5

counties we serve:

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