The Henderson County HELP Center awarded three scholarships to attend the annual Crimes Against Children Conference, HELP center officials said.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department sponsor the Dallas event every year.

According to a press release from the HELP center, the conference draws over 3,500 people from all over the world.

The conference takes place on August 13 through August 16.

According to the conference Web site, the conference is conducted for the sole purpose of providing training to only those people employed by governmental agencies or nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime.

The HELP center offered these scholarships for the first time this year, to members of the CAC Multidisciplinary team members.

Sara McVay is a Child Protective Services case attorney from the Henderson County District Attorney’s office and received a scholarship along with Susan Oxford and Lesa Ooten.

Oxford is a Child Protective Services Supervisor from the Henderson County CPS office. Ooten is a case manager at East Texas Medical Center.

According to their Web site, the Henderson County HELP Center was established in 1990 with a mission to develop programs for the support, care, health and well being of the people of Henderson County. The HELP Center programs include public social service activities that strive to provide a countywide information and referral services to reduce duplication of services, assess social service needs and resources and enhance communication between those in need and the available resources; to provide specific programs to address the observed needs; and to promote public awareness of the various needs.

For more information about the HELP center and its programs, call 903-675-4357.

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