About Us

Positive Parenting Classes

Positive Parenting classes are presented by the staff of The Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County. This is an 8 week program providing information and skills to address a range of common parenting issues.  

  

Information:

1. All classes will be held on Monday evenings from 5.30 – 7:30 pm. 

2. All sessions last for 8 weeks

3. Child care will be provided


Please call Anna Mitchell at 903.567.1212 for more information or to enroll 

Adolescent Group

Every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00 pm

This group is trauma focused for teens who are looking for ongoing support and practical skills to deal with a wide range of traumatic experiences. 

Some of the topics that will be addressed are:  Trauma and Abuse, Anger Management, Healthy Relationships, Coping Skills, Substance Abuse, Depression and Anxiety, Self-esteem building, Problem solving, Decision Making Skills, Goal setting, Relaxation Skills and more.


Please call Anna Mitchell at 903.567.1212 for more information or to enroll.

Community

PS It's My Body

P.S. It’s My Body is a graduated personal safety program for children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, parents, caregivers and school personnel. Children receive training on recognizing unsafe behavior on the part of adults or other children, and adults are trained on appropriate responses to a child’s outcry. 

 

The program’s goal is to teach children strategies to lessen their susceptibility to abuse. All activities are designed to reinforce the three R’s: Recognize, Resist, Report, by integrating a variety of experiences to increase children’s knowledge and skill retention.


Children learn about welcome and unwelcome touches, identifying trusted adults, personal safety boundaries, the importance of helping others, resistance skills to deal with bullies, and other important issues children face every day.

Happy Bear is the star of this delightful 25 minute interactive play, which focuses on personal safety and empowerment utilizing visual aids.

For more information, contact Tracy Walukas at 903-567-1212.

Stewards of Children

Adult education is the key to preventing child abuse. One out of 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Chances are, someone you know has been impacted. Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems.

The Children's Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County understands that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped.

For more information, contact Tracy Walks at 903-567-1212.

Awareness Presentations

The Children's Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County is available for faith-based, educational, community, and civic organization presentations that address awareness and prevention of child abuse.  For more information, contact Tracy Walukas at 903-567-1212