FAQS

What is The Bridge service area?
 
The Bridge provides services to the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
 
Does the videotape take the place of a child having to testify?
 
No, according to the confrontation clause in the U.S. Constitution, it is the defendant’s right to be able to cross-examine their accuser. The videotape serves two purposes by (1) eliminating the need for the child to be interviewed multiple times by investigative agencies (2) the videotape can be used in trial in addition to the child testifying, often times, lessening the amount of time the child is on the stand. 
How are children referred to The Bridge?
 
Children are referred through either Child Protective Services or Law Enforcement. Direct appointments can not be accepted.
 
How many children do you see in a day?
 
On average the bridge will see 4-5 children in a day. During the summer months, this increases to 6-8 children in a day.
 
What are the most common ages you see at The Bridge?
 
The most common ages we see are ages 4-6.
 
How do families access your services?
 
Children and families must be referred by Children’s Protective Services or Law Enforcement. These are the agencies responsible for investigating reports, and in order to ensure a coordinated investigation, they must be present for the interview and coordinate the appointments.
 
Who can watch the interviews?
 
Only investigators or Bridge staff may observe the interviews.
 
What does it cost to receive your services?
 
There is no cost for any of our services.
 
Are parents allowed to be in the interview room during the interview with the child?
 
Only the interviewer and the child are in the room during the interview, unless an interpreter is needed. If an interpreter is needed then The Bridge will contact the appropriate agency to set up a neutral interpreter.
 
What types of cases do you see?
 
Victims or witnesses of Sexual Abuse (approximately 80%)
Victims or witnesses of Physical Abuse
Witness to Homicide
Witness to Domestic Violence
Witness to Drug Use
Any other type witness or if child was victim of crime
 
How are you funded?
 
33% of our funding through United Way (Amarillo/ Canyon, Hutchinson County, Hereford, Pampa, Moore County, Ochiltree County, and Dallam County).

16% funding through government grants (VOCA, VAWA, and OVAG).

16% from the state organization of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACTX).

Private and corporate donations.

Fundraisers: 3rd party, To Die For Murder Mystery in April (agency sponsored), United Way Car Raffle Ticket sales.
 
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