Children's Advocacy Center Faces Budget Cut

Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County has funding concerns

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    The Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County is expected to lose around $100,000 this budget year. (Published Thursday, Aug 16, 2012)

    The Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County is expected to lose around $100,000 this budget year. This could have a big impact on hundreds of abused children and their families.

    "Every family that comes to the advocacy center has their own story," Ellen Malone said.

    Malone was unprepared for the chapter that would unfold in her own family's story. Her three nieces made an outcry of sexual abuse against their mother's live-in boyfriend. Malone took in the three young girls six years ago.

    "Our cozy little world was turned upside down, but we had to help these girls," Malone said. 

    Malone became a pillar of strength for the girls; however, even she needed support. She turned to the Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County which investigates, prosecutes, and treats crimes against children. The center provides free services to abused children and their families.

    "We serve the most severely abused children in our community," Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County Executive Director Dan Leal said

    Leal pointed out a problem during a presentation on Thursday. The advocacy center is losing around $100,000 in federal and local funding this budget year.

    "I would never imagine in my wildest dreams telling a child that they couldn't tell us their story," Leal said.

    The place that seeks justice and healing for children is seeking help with funding. They are hosting a golf tournament on September 13 at the Lantana Golf Club to raise money for the center.

    If you want to learn more about the center and how you can help, visit their website.