History


In 1984, the Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, formed by agencies serving children in the Texas Panhandle, recognized that the system in place to address child abuse was, in many cases, re-victimizing the very children it was intended to help. 


Children were being bounced from professional to professional to tell and retell their story thus evoking stress, in some cases the children were interrogated instead of questioned.

Court cases were often lost due to a lack of comprehensive case management practices. 
Under the guidance of The Bridge, law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, medical professionals and the judicial system came together in a memorandum of understanding, establishing the first Case Review Team in the state of Texas.

Highlights in History:

1989
-The Bridge opened as the first child advocacy center in Texas. The 33rd in the United States.
1990
-First interview provided at The Bridge.
 -Received the Governor’s Award as the Best New Criminal Justice Program of the Year.
1993
-The Bridge facilitated the first Child Fatality Review meeting for the Texas Panhandle.
1994
-Bridge staff assisted in the establishment of Amarillo Area CASA.
-CASA opens in 1995 and housed with the Bridge until 1997.
1995
-The Bridge becomes a Charter member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. 
-The Bridge begins efforts to provide outreach services in the rural counties.
1996  
-The Bridge purchases mobile equipment to be used for rural interviews.
1997
-U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Representative Larry Combest tour The Bridge. 
-Phil Gramm holds a press conference at The Bridge to announce the passage of the Sex Offender Tracking and Identification Act.
2001 
-Our current facility located at 804 Quail Creek Drive was opened. This facility provides an on-site sexual assault exam room.
2006
-The Bridge receives funding to purchase and renovate a satellite facility in Pampa, Texas.
2007  
-The Bridge began offering safety education program for children ages 5-10. 
-The formal On-call system was initiated.
2008 
-The Bridge began offering training on site for partner agencies: 
Sexual Assault Exam Training for Investigators & Narcotics Investigations
2009 
-A satellite office is opened in Hereford. 
The center co-houses with the Deaf Smith County Crisis Center.
2011
-Partner agencies in the Potter, Randall and Armstrong Counties re-dedicated their commitment to the Multi-disciplinary Team Process by signing a new Interagency Agreement in April.
-A satellite office is opened in Dumas.
2013
-Expansion completed at 804 Quail Creek which added 5 new offices, a garage for rural vehicles, and a conference center.
-1st Annual Heroes & Legends Event
-Hall of Leadership Giving Society was established
2014  
-Celebrated 25 year anniversary
-The 4th and final satellite office was opened in Clarendon, TX.
2015
-Implemented the Multi-Disciplinary Team Enhancement Program
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