OUR SERVICES & PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

In 2016, the CACCB presented to more than 5,300 children and adults, at the request of communities throughout the 12-county area we serve. We truly believe that education is a critical step toward providing the essential tools to effectively recognize, report and become everyday advocates in the fight against child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and neglect).

The training programs we offer include:

  • Participation at Community Health Fairs
  • Educational materials specific to parents, educators and school employees, medical teams, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, children ages 5-18, and more.
  • Presentations:
    • “P.S. It’s My Body” – (welcome and unwelcome touches) safety presentations with Happy Bear for children ages PK-3 through second grade.
    •  About Us/Community Presentations – information about our Center, the services we provide and how we assist law enforcement and CPS in their investigations.
    • How to Recognize and Report Abuse – education about the signs and effects of abuse and how to report.
    •  Internet safety – education for children and adults, as well as parents/guardians about online safety, cyberbullying, sexting, etc. 

Please contact Cassandra Hinojosa, Community Education Specialist,
at (361) 855-9058 or cassandrah@caccb.net to request a presentation;
or if you would like more information about our presentations.
 

ON-SITE THERAPY

 The CACCB is committed to providing a safe place for children to begin the healing process after they have experienced abuse. Without Therapy, child victims of sexual abuse are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, exhibit poor school performance, become sexually promiscuous, abuse drugs and alcohol, and in some instances, act out their abuse on other children. CACCB's therapy team provides long-term, trauma-informed therapy to children of every age. This type of specialized treatment has been rated Best Practice for use with abused and traumatized children.

Since child abuse affects the whole family, the services provided at CACCB are available at no cost to every child and their non-offending family members. CACCB's Therapy team works with each family to determine the best treatment options. 

If you are interested in our on-site Therapy Program, please contact kimberlyb@caccb.net.

FORENSIC INTERVIEW

Successful prosecution of child abuse cases begin with a thorough investigation.

At the core of that investigation, the ability to ensure the safety and protection of children, often starts with the initial forensic interview conducted by a trained professional. The CACCB Forensic Interview team assists law enforcement and Child Protective Services investigators by conducting specialized and unique investigative interviews of children. The goal of a forensic interview is to gather pertinent information from children in a neutral, non-leading, developmentally sensitive, and legally defensible manner. The CACCB Forensic Interviewers are often called upon to provide both fact and expert witness testimony to aid in successful prosecution of offenders.

FAMILY ADVOCACY

The Family Advocate team is committed to helping each family navigate the complex systems that a family enters when a child makes an outcry of abuse. As each case goes through the investigation, prosecution and healing process, the team is there to help the family understand the process, learn about their rights, and successfully access resources that will help their family during crisis.

Clients receive information and referrals to community resources and assistance completing applications for Crime Victims Compensation. Families also receive ongoing support through a back to school drive, and holiday programs.

KIDS IN COURT

The Kids in Court program is one of the many programs at the CACCB designed in accordance with the agency’s mission. The program assists children, teens, and their families with the courtroom experience by 1) teaching relaxation skills; 2) providing education about the court process and their rights and; 3) introducing the courtroom and offering an opportunity to participate in a mock trial. The goal of the Kids in Court program is to increase children’s ability to competently and effectively participate in the courtroom experience by decreasing their anxiety, and in turn, improving/ensuring the efficacy of the judicial process.

At no time during the Kids in Court program are specific cases discussed, as the program is a non-biased, court preparatory program.

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TEEN SUPPORT GROUP

The CACCB is hosting a Teen Support Group for teenage girls aged 11-14 years old. The purpose of the Support Group is to provide them with a safe place to learn and practice coping skills that they can apply in their daily lives with the help of their peers. It is also aimed towards helping these teens learn to successfully handle everyday situations that they may encounter. The program runs for 6 weeks at a time to allow the girls an opportunity to learn and practice a new skill each week including internet safety, self-empowerment, healthy relationships, and goal setting. Download Form Here

HOW YOU CAN HELP

 
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MONETARY DONATIONS

To make a general donation online, please click here. If you prefer to make a gift to CACCB by mail, please print, fill out, and mail in the attached form found here.

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REPORT ABUSE

If you suspect child abuse, make an anonymous call to the Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 252-5400 or online at http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Contact_Us/report_abuse.asp

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THIRD PARTY EVENTS

The CACCB is fortunate to benefit from the generosity of many people and organizations in our community. 3rd party events may include anything from bake sales, car washes, golf tournaments and more! If you are interested in hosting a 3rd party event, contact us and we can help make your event a success! 

Interested in hosting a third party event? If so, click here

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OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

When children leave our center after the conclusion of the Forensic Interview, they are allowed to take a book, stuffed animal and blanket. The CACCB accepts donations of new blankets and stuffed animals, and new or gently used books. Additionally, when children are at the CACCB they are provided a snack and drink to help make them more comfortable. We accept donations of individually packaged snacks and juices. To schedule a drop off, please contact Cassandra Hinojosa at 361-855-9058 or by email at cassandrah@caccb.net.

OUR TEAM

Administration

 

Clarissa mora - Executive Director

Emma Sais - Program Director

 


Forensic Interview Team

 

Arianne Chapa - Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate

Penny Green - Forensic Interviewer

Lilia Ramos - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

 


Family Advocate Team

 

Arianne Chapa - Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate

                                  Sharra Rodriguez - Bilingual Family Advocate

                                  Karen Emero - Family Advocate

                                 


MDT Enhancement Program

 

Laura Alaniz - MEP Coordinator

 


Therapy Program

 

Kimberly Beck, LPC-Intern - Therapist

 


Community Outreach and Education

 

Cassandra Hinojosa - Community Education Specialist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


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Joe Benavides, Board President

 

Judge Joe Benavides was raised in the western part of Nueces County, and graduated from W.B Ray High School, before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. As Board President, Judge Joe Benavides brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to the CACCB Board of Directors, with over 20 years of military service, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant and decorated combat veteran from the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a graduate from Park University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Business Management, minor in Business Administration. Judge Benavides was elected in 2013 and is currently presiding in his second term as Justice of the Peace, Precinct One, Place One, in the largest precinct in Nueces County. Throughout his career of service to his country and local community, Judge Benavides has been honored with numerous awards such as National Defense Medal , Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Humanitarian Medal, CITGO Service and Dedication Award, National Community Partnership CCISD, Foster Grandparent Club Partnership Annual Award, Awarded Community Member of the Year (Texas PTA), Awarded the TLC TRAPS PTC 4 Teens Recognition for programs for High Risk Youth, a fortune 500 company supporting youth in America and most recent the TALE’s 2017 Texas Education Leadership In Literacy Award from West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas.

Eduardo Gomez, Vice President

Eduardo is in his second time around living in Corpus Christi. Eduardo works at Driscoll Children’s Hospital working in the Analytics area and is in his second year at the CACCB. Eduardo is grateful for the opportunity the knowledge gained in his career to help the children and families of South Texas.


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Benjamin Morin, Secretary

Benjamin C. Morin, originally from San Diego, Texas, comes to the board with a background in education.  He taught for 40 years, 30 of which he devoted to Del Mar College where he served as the Chair of the Department of Business Technology from 1997 to 2006, and Assistant Chair to the Department of Business Administration from 2006 to 2012.  He also taught for the San Diego ISD, Gregory-Portland ISD, Platt Career Schools, and the University of the Incarnate Word.  He has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&I University and a Legal Secretarial associate degree from Del Mar College.  He is currently the secretary for the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend.

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Gloria Guzman, Treasurer

Gloria Guzman, a Yoga Instructor, Fitness Chef, and Personal Trainer, is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community; especially, for the vulnerable. After a long career in the corporate world, she has devoted her life to helping others in need—a most rewarding endeavor.  Additionally, she has a passion for business, process efficiency and finance.

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Dr. Sandra Clement

Dr. Sandra Clement was born and raised in Robstown, Texas. She possesses a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, another Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Clement has served as a teacher, counselor, and campus administrator for over twenty-one years at all levels. As principal of South Park Middle School and Moody High School, she effectively led both schools out of state ‘Academically Unacceptable” designations. Dr. Clement currently serves as the Principal of Foy H. Moody High School in the Corpus Christi Independent School District with over 1,700 students and a staff of over 200.

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Samantha Mendoza

Samantha Marie Mendoza is a Case Coordinator with Ironclad Technology Services. The primary objective of her work is to assist in identifying cases of human trafficking of undocumented children. Samantha has dedicated her career to working with vulnerable populations, including children and individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health needs- many of which have a history of being neglected, or have endured abuse of some type (verbal, physical, sexual).  A proud alumni of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, Samantha earned a BS in Biomedical Science, MS in Counseling, and is working on her dissertation to complete a PhD in Counselor Education.

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Art Ramirez

Art Ramirez, an Agua Dulce native, is Co-Founder and Owner of Summit Construction, LLC. Art holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology.  Art has built one of the fastest growing construction businesses in Corpus Christi. He is an established member of the National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Builders, Coastal Bend Home Builders Association, and the Better Business Bureau. Also in 2016, Art Ramirez was selected by the Young Business Professionals Organization as an honoree of Corpus Christi Under 40 for showing outstanding quality in his professional career and dedication to improving our community. He co-founded the GVR Guardian Scholarship in 2014 and recently created the Industry of Business (IOB) Scholarship for underprivileged students who are seeking a career in Business.

Charlotte Murray

Charlotte is the founder of a PoPPin Ministry & A PoPPin Educational and Motivational Services. The organization’s motto is "Reaching Out to Reach In". Their purpose is to educate and inspire individuals to grow into their purpose and use obstacles as opportunities for success. 

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Maria Teresa Mears

Maria Teresa Dominguez Mears was born in Veracruz, Mexico and earned a degree in Business Administration from Cristobal Colon University in Veracruz, Mexico. Maria Moved to Corpus Christi in 2007 and applied her degree to manage the family business at “Texas Hail Company”. Combining her Love for yoga and kids, she created MI YOGA (A Yoga kids program that includes training). In 2011, she completed a 200 hrs. level training program with Christina Sell and is currently a certified registered instructor with the Yoga Alliance. In 2012, Maria completed a Vinyasa Flow teacher training program with Seane Corn in Dallas, Texas.In 2016, she completed a Level 1 Baptiste Power Yoga program with Baptiste in Sedona, Arizona. Maria has continued her Yoga education by attending various training and workshops with: Christina Sell, Michelle Acebo, Giselle Mari and Manorama.

Ambar Qureshi

Ambar works for Superior HealthPlan, a managed health-care company that provides health care for many Texans, including coverage for children/young adults in foster care. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing provider and community based initiatives in the Nueces Service Delivery Area (14 counties in and around the coastal bend) as well as provider initiatives in both the Harris and Jefferson Service Delivery Areas.  After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo with her M.B.A., Ambar worked first as a Business Consultant for Purchasing Support Services, and later as a Market Research Analyst with the Buffalo based M&T Bank.  She has worked as the Managed Care Manager for the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, prior to assuming her role with Superior in 2010. Since 2012, she has served on the Regional Health Awareness Board.

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Christa Rasche

Christa Rasche is a Special Education Specialist at the Region 2 Education Service Center.  She received her B.S. in Special Education EC-12 with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities and her M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  Her certifications include Principal (EC-12), Special Education (EC-12), Health (EC-12), English Language Arts and Reading (4-8), and Mathematics/ Science (4-8).  As a special education specialist, she provides professional development and technical assistance to educators, students and parents in the areas of Transition and Autism.  She also facilitates awareness of and communication with community resources for students with disabilities and their families.

Aileen Leal

Aileen graduated from Pasadena High School, in Pasadena, TX.  She received an Associate of Arts degree from Del Mar College, Bachelor’s degree from Texas A & M Corpus Christi, and Masters in Administration at Lamar University.  Ms. Leal has been a teacher with Corpus Christi ISD for 6 years and currently works at Travis Elementary.

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Sonja Eddleman

Sonja Eddleman is the Clinical Coordinator of the (CARE) Child Abuse Resource & Evaluation Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and Director of the Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at Doctor’s Regional Medical Center.  She serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Child to Adult Abuse Response Team at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. Mrs. Eddleman has  testified as an expert in civil and criminal cases on the district, state, and federal level as well as military proceedings. She has also been recognized by US Customs Service for her effort in the fight against child pornography. She has been honored with: an invitation by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve on the medical working group to formulate the first National Protocol for Pediatric Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations published in 2016 as well as being invited to serve as an item writer for the SANE-A and SANE-P certification examinations sponsored by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, the Edith Rust Medical Award of Excellence by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault in 1996 and again in 2008.

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Billie Winner-Davis, DFPS Representative

Billie Winner-Davis received her degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Mrs. Winner-Davis moved to Texas in the spring of 1990, and was hired by Texas Child Protective Services in June of 1991.  Her work experience with the department includes Intake, Investigation, Family Based Safety Services, and Legal - Conservatorship work.  She has held positions of Caseworker, Supervisor, Child Safety Specialist, Program Director, Court Liaison, and is currently the Program Administrator for Investigations and Family Based Safety Services covering 15 South Texas Counties. 
Mrs. Winner-Davis has also been part of the development of the Kleberg County Child Welfare Board, Brooks County Child Welfare Board, and the Brush Country CASA program.  She also sits on the Domestic Violence CRCG for the Rural Nueces County. 

Mark Gonzalez, Nueces DA Representative

Carlos Garcia, Jim Wells DA             

 Representative

Mark Gutierrez, CCPD Representative

Chris McClure, CCPDRepresentative