The Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center recently received a $25,000 grant from the Texoma Health Foundation. The center learned it had received the grant on Thursday afternoon and representatives said the money will be used to support the therapists who offer free services to children in need.

Development and Outreach Coordinator Abigail Hill said donations and grants are what make the center possible. CAC staff said last year that the agency identified 459 child victims of abuse and neglect in 2017, and staff regularly meets with 30 to 45 children each week.

“Every child who comes to the center gets free trauma counseling,” Hill said. “We couldn’t do that without the support from donors.”

She said THF is a major benefactor of the center. The application process was rather smooth, she said, explaining the center applied late last year and found out just this week it would receive the money.

“THF does a great job with grants,” Hill said. “They usually only take a few months, which is pretty fast for grants. They also do their diligence.”

She said the grant will help pay for the salary of the center’s licensed therapists who provide free services to children that visit the center.

“The therapists are the best trained in this area to deal with trauma,” Hill said. “Without treatment, these kids can suffer from other mental health issues that could lead to dangerous behaviors. Treatment allows them to heal without being held back by something horrible that happened in their life. We were honored to be one of those organizations who truly helps make Grayson County a better place to live.”