Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Serving
Gonzales and Lavaca
Counties
1604 St. Paul St., Gonzales, Tx 78629  Phone 830-672-1278
PROUD MEMBERS OF:
Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
National Children's Alliance
A 501 (C) (3) Tax exempt organization
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OUR MISSION
To restore the dignity, hope
and security to children of
Gonzales, Lavaca and
surrounding counties by uniting
public officials and our
community.

Following are the basic steps to an investigation of child sexual abuse.

1.  Someone reports suspicion of abuse to authorities, either law enforcement or the Department of Family
Protective Services.
2.  A Forensic Interview of the child is conducted at the Children’s Advocacy Center (Norma’s House).
3.  Medical exams are conducted, if necessary.
4.  The Family Advocate will talk to the child and non-offending caregiver about counseling and community
resources.  
5.  Law Enforcement and/or DFPS will continue the investigation, which will include an interview with the alleged
offender if possible.
6.  A team of professionals (discussed in Your Child’s Team section), will meet to discuss the case and decide
how to manage it.  The team consists of nurses, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, social workers, forensic
interviewers, family advocates and mental health professionals.

The case may be referred to District court or Civil Court, or some other plan may be made for managing the
case.        
The Investigation