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At the next Commissioner’s Court regular meeting we will be finalizing our contract with “Children’s Alliance of South Texas, A child Advocacy Center.” We are furnishing them a building (the old JP3) building next to the courthouse.

We have been, as a county, donating $25,000 per year to help them maintain their existence since they were formed. This is in addition to the same donation by all the counties in our Judicial District. Their headquarters are in Wilson County who is providing them a building in lieu of the cash contribution.

The contract we are finishing stipulates that Atascosa’s original commitment is voided in lieu of the building donation. However, we are aware that our building donation is a smaller one than Wilson County and we will probably still make a (smaller) cash contribution. This program serves our citizens who are children and are victims in one way or another. An important part of running our courts is victim assistance. Enough is not done. Anyway, a major percentage of the children they help are from Atascosa County and CAST needs an in – county location to do interviews and counseling with the children from Atascosa County.

(From their website – www.castcac.org – the following is lifted) … “The Children’s Alliance of South Texas (CAST) has provided services to children and their non-offending caregivers since October 2013. The children who visit the Child Advocacy Center have endured a lot in their young lives: physical and sexual abuse; the witnessing of a crime; exploitation through the Internet; child pornography; risk of abuse and/or neglect or human trafficking.”

Please check out their website. Donate money. Donate Time. Help them. They are a mighty fine organization.

Thanks for listening.

We want you to be proud of your County Government.

Bob Hurley is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at countyjudge@atascosacounty.texas.gov

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