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ChildSafe Celebrated Groundbreaking of New Salado Creek Campus with Community Leaders

November, 2017

ChildSafe will officially broke ground on its Salado Creek Campus Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m., at its new site located at East IH-10 and East Houston Street with friends, partners, and local community leaders.   

ChildSafe is the only Children's Advocacy Center in Bexar County and provides expert care to children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse, experienced neglect or have witnessed a violent crime. 

As ChildSafe continues to experience exponential growth, serving more children and families each year, there is an urgent need for a larger, centrally located and easily accessible facility. ChildSafe bought 36 acres of land along IH-10 and East Houston Street for the construction of their new Salado Creek Campus, a dynamic and inspiring best-practices facility. 

“The new Salado Creek Campus will be a 65,000 square foot building surrounded by 43,000 square feet of green spaces, rooftop gardens, courtyards, outdoor therapy and activity areas for clients and a respite for staff members and our partners,” said Kim Abernethy, ChildSafe CEO.  

The main building, the Harvey E. Najim Children and Family Center, designed by Overland Partners, is named on behalf of philanthropist Harvey E. Najim who donated $5 million to the project in October 2016. 

The state-of-the-art facility, which will cost approximately $28 million, will not only house employees from ChildSafe, it will also include permanent office space for their multi-disciplinary partners that include Child Protective Services, SAPD, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, and Bexar Juvenile Probation, allowing coordination and creation of strategies and care plans that are sensitive to the needs of each individual and family.  

ChildSafe has seen the number of services provided, the number of staff employed, and the number of children and families reaching out for assistance continue to grow. In fiscal year 2015/2016 and fiscal year 2016/2017 combined, new clients increased by 27 percent and the number of counseling sessions increased by 90 percent. Consequently, staff size has increased by over 50 percent. 

“Unfortunately, Bexar County continually ranks among the highest in child physical and sexual abuse and neglect cases in the state,” said Abernethy. “We as a community must rally together and contribute our resources to combat maltreatment against children,” she continued.

Abernethy added that the more children who receive treatment, the better their chances to recover and lead normal, healthy lives.

In fiscal year 2017, ChildSafe served 3,845 individuals, conducted 1,485 forensic interviews, and provided 4,948 counseling sessions. Child abuse is a systemic problem; only by building awareness and training individuals about the issue as a whole will we begin to reduce the number of victims. Last year, ChildSafe trained 14,179 individuals in the community about how to recognize and report child abuse, keep children safe, and empower those in need. 

Because of ChildSafe, during the past 25 years, an estimated 75,000 individuals have recovered from the devastating effects of childhood trauma, developed healthy copy skills, learned to break the cycle of abuse, and grown to become contributing members of our community. 

“The new Salado Creek Campus will become a sanctuary for children, their families, and the professionals who care for and protect them,” said Abernethy. “It will be a beacon of hope and an asset for the entire community,” she said. 

ChildSafe clients receive an array of evidence-based, trauma-focused services, therapy, extended care, and individual case management to ensure a successful road to recovery. 

For 25 years, ChildSafe has been providing specialized services to children and teenagers who have been sexually or physically abused or neglected. They provide crisis intervention, case management services, counseling, and advanced therapy to aid in the healing of child victims of abuse and neglect.

To learn more about ChildSafe and the Salado Creek Campus, visit  or call 210-675-9000.


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