Welcome to the Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Center.
We first opened our doors in Brownsville with Monica’s House in October of 1998. Monica’s House is named after a little girl named Monica Castillo who died at the age of 4 due to severe physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her caregiver.
Maggie’s House opened its doors in October of 2001, after seeing the need to expand our services to the children of northern Cameron County. Maggie’s House is named after Maggie Dittman, a little girl from Harlingen who died from abusive head trauma at the hands of her babysitter.
Monica’s House and Maggie’s House specialize in conducting videotaped forensic interviews of children between the ages of 2 to 17 who have been physically or sexually abused, or have witnessed violent crime. These non-leading, non-suggestive interviews are conducted in a child friendly environment. The Center’s mission is to serve and advocate for child victims of abuse through prevention, intervention, and treatment.
The CCCAC offers free therapy services for these children and their non-offending family members. Our community educator speaks at community events and educates children in our school to speak out if they are victims or witnesses of abuse. We also have Maggie’s and Monica’s Closet to assist our clients when children have needs such as clothing items, school supplies, and food items.
In 2012, a total of 749 children received services at the Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Centers. In 2013, a total of 899 children were served. Please be the “One With Courage” so together we will bring awareness to the issue of child abuse.
Please explore our website to learn about the Children’s Advocacy Center’s services and how you can become involved in the healing process for children of abuse.
To report child abuse call 1-800-252-5400 or go to www.txabusehotline.org.