2nd Annual CASA & TCAC Save Jane Event
On April 1, 2021 local volunteers and community members joined the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children Texarkana in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the Save Jane event.
Leaders from the Texarkana community read the names and ages of over 1,100 children who were reported as abused and received services through the Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA in 2020. Because these children are minors and their identities must be protected, “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” were used in place of their names. The Save Jane event launched in Dallas in 2019.
“The Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA hope that through Save Jane, Texarkana and the surrounding areas we serve will recognize the absolute magnitude and prevalence of child abuse - it is everywhere you look,” said Brandy Eldridge, Executive Director. “It will take over an hour of non-stop reading to name each child who came through our center last year. That is simply unacceptable. We will never stop fighting for these kids who have suffered unspeakable abuse. The Children’s Advocacy Center will continue to do our work, but we need the community’s help.”
The mission of Northeast Texas CASA is to provide hope, healing, and justice by advocating for abused and neglected children through comprehensive services at the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center (TCAC) and CASA for Children. CASA and TCAC serve over 1,000 abused and neglected children each year that include cases of physical abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and witness to violent crimes.
PHOTOS BY Ryan Jordan Photography