Erath County children who fall victim to violent crimes are getting more support from the county following a sizeable donation from the Office of District Attorney Jason Cashon.
County commissioners approved Cashon's request to donate $10,000 to the Children's Advocacy Center of Hood and Somervell Counties (CAC) Monday. In another item of business, the commissioners' court approved the expansion of the CAC coverage area by signing an agreement that would extend the organization's advocacy services to Erath County.
"There is not a forensic interview available in Erath County," Cashon said.
CAC services include forensic interviews and case reviews as cases involving child victims move through the civil and criminal justice system.
CAC provides a streamlined investigative process with a team of law enforcement officers, Child Protective Services case workers, prosecutors, healthcare providers and CAC staff.
"It's very beneficial to law enforcement officials," Cashon said.
In addition, CAC offers counseling, prevention education and support groups for the community.
"I think this is going to be a really good thing for a very vulnerable group that we serve," Erath County Judge Tab Thompson said.