Child Advocacy Centers losing money

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

Child Advocacy Centers in both Grayson and Fannin counties are trying to recover after funding they normally receive didn't make it their way this year.

Fannin County Child Advocacy Center Director Sandy Barber was surprised when she heard the news last month that her organizations was not going to receive their annual funding from the state. “Currently we have an opening with the CAC, we had already started interviewing to replace that person, however because of that funding cut, we have had to put a hiring freeze on for right now."

This year, the state of Texas received two million less in victims of Crime Act Funds (VOCA). That means centers in both Grayson and Fannin Counties lost just under $50,000 dollars each (that’s 16 percent of the budget for Fannin County). A loss of staffing could be very detrimental to their goal. “We have specially trained staff that know how to interview those children without being leading or suggestive or things like that."

The loss has caused the centers to rely on the publics help to make up for the lost money, but the lack of funding is not the only problem hampering the centers. “Children are having to spend the night in CPS offices because there are flat out no foster homes."

Barber says more and more children are left without a home, putting a strain on child protective services and on the children themselves. “They think no one in the state of Texas wants me or wants to take me in and so its really heartbreaking and difficult.”

Now officials with both offices are doing what they can to make up some of the lost money, but a lack of funding is not the only problem they have solve.

Fannin County Children’s Advocacy Center Foster and Adoption Home Informational Meeting is on Tuesday, August 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For more information, call (903) 583-4339.

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  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Aug 7, 2007 at 12:30 PM
    I made a mistake in my post earlier. I have corrected it & would appreciate you reposting for clarification. ...Our State & Federal Governments (OK & TX) are spending too much money on legal and illegal persons (young and old) and *NOT* taking care of the Americans. This is sad. That's IS my opinion.
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Aug 7, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    In response, I work very closely with families and children in crisis. It is my job, so I do know the facts. I live the facts. And I know , more often then not, supposed do gooders do good when it is convenient for them, then go home to their nice home, in their nice neighborhoods. Others of us are out in the trenches, helping families in crisis survive. I applaude anyone who is a foster parent. Surely they are doing it out of God's love because there is no prize in it for them. This need for money should be better advertised. Maybe Joe Polarro can get on the band wagon like he did for the old Denison high school.
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Aug 7, 2007 at 07:41 AM
    Our State & Federal Governments (OK & TX) are spending too much money on legal and illegal persons (young and old) and taking care of the Americans. This is sad. That's IS my opinion.
  • by peter Location: sherman on Aug 6, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    betty what are you doing for these children?is it enough.i am sure it is not much by what you wrote.i know the holy rollers and the right to lifers do a tremendous amount for children both born born again and chris says know your facts.
  • by Chris Location: Denison on Aug 6, 2007 at 03:12 PM
    In response to Betty: Those Right to Lifers usually ARE the foster parents- get a grip.CACs are also not the foster homes. If you want to go on the attack against people against murdering children before they are born get your facts straight.
  • by kelly Location: okla on Aug 6, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    our government can spend billions killing kids overseas,and who knows how much for foreigners to come over here..why can`t they help these little kids???
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Aug 6, 2007 at 07:21 AM
    Shame on all of us. These children are everyone's responsibility. We are failing as a society. Where are all the holy rollers who demand and end to abortion and harrass women outside of planned parenthood? Are these children not worth as much as a fetus??? Here are kids suffering and the right to lifers are no where to be found. Raise some money for the kids that are here for a change.
  • by momma Location: texas on Aug 5, 2007 at 09:15 AM
    I just dont know why the state does not see how important this money is for these poor children they have not asked to be here or abused in anyway my husband and I have two of these wonderful children that we are adopting its a shame all of that money is going over seas when we need it here to feed and care for our own.
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