FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Molly Woodard Thibodeaux
                  Development Coordinator
                  The Children’s Assessment Center
                  (713) 986-3370
 

On October 11, 2017, The Children’s Assessment Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate its newly expanded, state-of-the art facility. The expanded facility allows for additional partner agencies to co-locate at The CAC and expands the size of the training capabilities so that The CAC can educate additional first responders and the community on how to recognize, respond and report child abuse.

The CAC Expansion Team:  Gensler, Irvine Team and Tellepsen as well as Harris County Engineering and Public Infrastructure. The total square footage of the newly expanded and renovated campus is 144,000 square feet. The interior Design team consisted of Muralist Suzanne Sellers, Ursaline Hamilton and Aaron Rambo with Found.  Since expansion, The CAC houses approximately 336 campus employees including 40 Harris County District Attorney’s Office personnel recently displaced after Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the expansion has increased space for the growing Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and other partner agencies such as the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Center for the Missing.

Finally, the expanded facility separates the Client Intake area for children and families from the Training Center to allow for client confidentiality. 

Executive Director Elaine Stolte and CAC staff and partners welcomed the large crowd of approximately 375 distinguished guests including Amal Al-Ruwaii, Director for Trade from the Royal Consulate of Saudi Arabia, The Honorable Anna Thomsen Holliday, Honorary Consul of Denmark, Dr. Bandula Wijay, Ambassador of Science Technology from Sri Lanka, Alexander Pisarev, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston, District Attorney Kim Ogg, County Attorney Vince Ryan, State Representative Sarah Davis along with numerous Harris County judiciary and The CAC Foundation Board of Directors: David Acosta, Ericka Bagwell, Ken Borglum, Rachel Capote Bristow, Joan Campbell, Diane Caplan, Brady Crosswell, Allison Flikerski, Rhonda Graff, Ursaline Hamilton, William Henderson, David Key, Kelley Lubanko, Lauren Maloy, Gail Prather, Jordan Seff and Yvette Webb. Ra’Shandra Stewart-Adams, Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Supervisor, performed Whitney Houston’s The Greatest Love of All and Pershing Middle School Chorale sang the Star Spangled Banner and We are the World, directed by Choir Director Marcus Jauregui.  Guest speakers included:  Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Katy ISD Police Officer and Miss Texas United States, Officer Shannon Dresser and Christopher DeClaire, CAC Board Member and Building Committee Chair, provided the closing remarks. Tours for attendees were provided after the ceremony. 

For more information please contact, Molly Woodard Thibodeaux at 713-986-3370 or molly.thibodeaux@cac.hctx.net.

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