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Get Involved Spotlight: Center for Child Protection

The Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center, is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. 

It is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. All services are provided to children and their protective caregivers at no charge and are available in English and Spanish.

Children are referred to the Center for Child Protection for services exclusively through law enforcement and Child Protective Services when one or more of the following circumstances have occurred: 

·       A child made an outcry of sexual abuse. 

·       A child has experienced physical abuse or neglect. 

·       A child has witnessed a violent crime.

In 2012, the Center served more than 2,000 children and 1,300 adults. For more information, visit or join our social media communities, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Center for Child Protection Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers provide the critical support needed for the Center for Child Protection to successfully meet the needs of child abuse victims and their families. As a volunteer, you will have the chance to learn, meet others and make a difference in a young child’s life.

FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALISTS provide a support system for the child and family during the child abuse investigation process Monday – Friday during regular business hours.

CHILD/PARENT SUPPORT GROUP VOLUNTEERS provide children support and participate in children’s group activities during Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening parenting groups.

COURT ORIENTATION VOLUNTEERS help educate children and their families about the court process one Monday evening a month.

GRADUATE & UNDERGRADUATE INTERNS participate in a variety of program tasks and responsibilities from direct clinical service to marketing and administrative support activities.

ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS assist with a wide variety of marketing, development, and fundraising tasks to further the Center’s efforts in the community.

EVENT VOLUNTEERS participate in the Center’s fundraisers. Activities include decorating, set up, registration, graphic design, photography, sponsorship solicitation, auction support and more.

KID’S CLOSET VOLUNTEERS organize items, take inventory and shop for supplies needed by families in crisis.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS assist with the upkeep and appearance of the Center’s facility interior by making minor repairs and also with landscaping and maintenance of the grounds.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Anne West, Volunteer Coordinator, at 512-472-1164, ext. 2426 or

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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