HOW WE HELP KIDS FIND HEALING AND JUSTICE
- Engages community partners
- Implements impartial investigative techniques
- Coordinates case tracking
- Makes counseling referrals
- Educates victims and non-offending family members on victims’ rights, resources and options
- Offers a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting to conduct interviews
- Focuses on the health and future of child victims
- Strives to improve investigations while reducing harmful effects on children and families
*These steps reduce duplication of efforts between agencies involved in the investigation, expedites prosecution, increases conviction rates of offenders, and helps victims onto the path of recovery.
To put children and their families at ease, The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center provides a neutral, home-like facility where interviews of and services for children are provided.
The Bridge’s highly-trained, professional forensic interviewers specialize in taking testimony of children using non-leading techniques. This approach provides an accurate and consistent account from the child victim. Children should not have to relive the negative experience of witnessing a violent crime or experiencing criminal child abuse over and over – this forensic interview process reduces the negative impact of relating the child’s experience. Follow this link to find Frequently Asked Questions as you prepare for your appointment at The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center.
There are occasions when a physical exam is deemed necessary. When needed, these examinations are coordinated by The Bridge staff and conducted at our center. This approach lessens trauma experienced by the child and family by eliminating a visit to the emergency room. Follow this link for more information about forensic examinations.
We have answers.
The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center provides interactive and informative child abuse prevention and awareness training opportunities for:
Trainings are also offered on-site throughout the year in our Amarillo office and in our satellite office locations.
All education is provided free of charge thanks to generous donors from across the Texas Panhandle.
The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center is a registered provider through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to offer Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE) to educators and continuing education to school board members in Texas.
Professional Education Schedule
2023 On-Site Bridge Education
October 12th Thursday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Annual Child Abuse Training outside of Amarillo
Dumas -September 23rd -Dumas Lions Club – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pampa -September 23th – Pampa ISD Administrative Building -10:00 am – 12:00 pm
*The Bridge is a registered provider through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide continuing education to school board members. The Bridge is also a registered provider through TEA to offer CPE hours to educators. Please contact us for more information at 806-372-2873.