Quick questions, fast facts.
No, Scotty’s House is NOT a shelter. We are a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), located in Bryan, TX serving seven counties: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington.
The criminal justice system, primarily designed for adult perpetrators and not child victims, often lacks coordination between police, prosecution, mental health, and medical agencies. Without Child Advocacy Centers, children are often "re-victimized" through unnecessary and repetitive interviews due to each agency's independent process. This process led to the duplication of efforts between the various departments while also complicating the information for the child's case in an already complex legal system. CACs help overcome these problems by reducing child trauma and enhancing the investigation, resulting in improved lives for child victims and a higher number of convictions for offenders.
Scotty’s House serves children, under the age of 18, whose case was referred by law enforcement or CPS. We serve children who are victims of criminal child abuse or children who witnessed a violent crime. Criminal child abuse includes, but is not limited to, sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, and physical abuse. Scotty’s House served over 500 children and their non-offending family members in 2017.