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Posted on: January 29, 2014



Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation in support of the Children's Advocacy Center, Estrella's House today. The Children's Advocacy Center, Estrella's House was established in the year 2000 in tribute to Estrella Rojas, a victim of child abuse whose life ended tragically in Edinburg, Texas. Her memory is kept alive by helping and treating any child who is a victim of abuse. A non-profit organization, The Children's Advocacy Center is one of 800 Children's Advocacy Centers nationwide. It is also one of 68 certified centers in Texas and the first child-focused facility and community based program of its kind in Hidalgo County. Estrella's House services child abuse victims age 2 to 17 years of age. The mission of the Children's Advocacy Center, is to reduce the emotional trauma to child abuse victims by facilitating a multidisciplinary team approach, which supports the prevention of child abuse through community education and promotes the effective prosecution of those who perpetrate crimes against children.

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court has in the past years been a major benefactor of the Children's Advocacy Center, Estrella's House by providing funds as allowed by Local Government Code Section 381.004. Commissioners Court is mindful of the critical economic hardships and alarming reductions in Federal and State funding to all kinds of important social service providers such as the Children's Advocacy Center. The Children's Advocacy Center will be having an event called "Vinos!" at La Antigua Revilla on February 22, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm to help raise much needed funds.

Children's Advocacy Center Chairman Tina Martin thanked Commissioners Court for their support of the Children's Advocacy Center and explained how important Estrella's House is to the County of Hidalgo. Mrs. Martin was accompanied by Executive Director Vicky Medina and Consultant Pat Blum whose presence also showed support for the worthy organization.

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