What Is It?
A nonprofit that provides a professional, compassionate, and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children ages 0-17 and their families and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community.
Collect needed items such as backpacks and school supplies, toiletry bags, Halloween costumes, new books, birthday gifts for therapy clients, therapy graduation gifts, or gifts for the children’s holiday party in December. Volunteers may also help at special weekend events. Please contact the CAC for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
Volunteers of all ages are invited to help by collecting needed items.
HELP WITH BACK TO SCHOOL NEEDS
Every year, the CAC provides backpacks for children in its care filled with supplies for their grade level, as well as a uniform to help prepare for the new school year. Donations of new backpacks and school supplies are welcome and needed. More information, including a list of needed items and the deadline (usually the end of July), is posted on the CAC website in May.
COLLECT ITEMS FOR HALLOWEEN PARADE
The CAC welcomes donations of costumes for children ages 2-17 for the Halloween Parade in October. Donations of unopened bags of Halloween candy are also needed.
COLLECT EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS
Host a drive to collect unused items such as socks, shoes, undergarments, diapers, baby powder, lotion, formula, clothing for boys and girls ages 2-17, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, and toothbrushes for the Rainbow Room, the CAC’s emergency resource center for children entering into foster care. All items must be new.
COLLECT HOLIDAY GIFTS
Each year, the CAC helps provide holiday gifts to more than 2,000 of the children receiving its services. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are needed. A link with detailed information is typically added to the CAC’s website in October or November.
HELP DURING WEEKEND EVENTS
While volunteering during the week (while clients are receiving services) is limited to volunteers aged 18 and older, youth under the age of 18 may serve on the weekend at special events. Contact CAC for more information. Students may propose projects!
More information about volunteering is on the CAC website volunteer page.
THE CHILDREN'S ASSESSMENT CENTER
Houston, Texas 77005
Houston, Texas 77005
The Children’s Assessment Center Video (8 minutes 58 seconds) (2011)
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Ian T. built three picnic tables and two benches to replace the older tables and benches currently in their park; the benches are used by patients, doctors, and the local community. (2021)
Gold Award: Emily C. created Hope’s Closet in the CAC, stocking it with 100 custom-designed bags containing clothing, toiletries, blankets, and comfort items for adolescent survivors of child sex trafficking. (2018)
Helped 51 CAC clients attend Camp Cullen by collecting donations and camp supplies such as sleeping bags, duffel bags, flashlights, towels, sunscreen, and insect repellent.