Better Business Bureau Report for
Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc.
Address: 5403 Avenue N.
  Rosenberg, TX 77471
Phone: 281-344-5100
Web Address:
Also known as:Child Advocates of Fort Bend
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1991, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: We provide a voice for abused and neglected children because We believe that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Overview: Child Advocates of Fort Bend serves abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County ages birth through 18+ years through two nationally-affiliated programs: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center. They have served 10,600 children since they began and 1,381 children and families in 2013, alone. The CASA program matched 100% of children (234) in foster care with a community volunteer (CASA). The Children’s Advocacy Center provided investigative and clinical services by a staff of social workers and mental health professionals to 1147 children and families. Services: CASA Program provides age-specific programming to children and youth through 3 services: Infant and Toddler (birth – 5 years old): focus on accelerated placement and family reunification N.E.S.T. (6 – 13 years old): focus on education, health and social WINGS (14-18+ years old): focus on education, life skills and healthy adult connections Children’s Advocacy Center provides services in both English and Spanish through 5 components: Forensic Interviewing: on site through 3 Forensic Interviewers Victim Advocacy: on site through 2 Children’s Services Specialists and 1 Criminal Court Advocate Multi-Disciplinary Team: facilitate partnership with 22 agencies (Law Enforcement, District Attorney’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, CPS, Sheriff’s Office) Therapy and Mental Health Services: on site through 3 therapists Medical Services: partnership with UT CARE & Harris Health Systems. Demographics: Type of Abuse: Sexual abuse: 60% Risk of Abuse: 5% Neglect: 11% Physical Abuse: 18% Witness to Violence: 3% Abandonment/Drug Exposure 3% Ages: 0-5 years: 26% 6-12 years: 43% 13 – 18 years: 31% Ethnicity: African American: 31% Hispanic: 37% Caucasian: 24% Other/Bi-racial: 6% Asian: 2%

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Program Services 1,485,967
Total Program Expenses: $1,485,967
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Chief Executive : Ruthanne Mefford, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Brigit Engleman, President
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: PB&J Pavement Marking, Inc. - Owner

Board Size: 27

Paid Staff Size: 25

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, Special Events
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,466,882, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc.'s audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Federal & State Grants 653,025
Special Events 494,926
Contributions 318,931
Gain/(Loss) on sale of investments 123,382
Partner Reimbursement 112,601
Unrealized gain/(loss) on investments 110,278
Net Assets released from restrictions 88,000
Interest/dividend income 74,981
In-Kind Contributions 8,651
Other Income 8,058
Less: cost of direct benefits to donors -32,565
Total Income $1,960,268


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 20% 

Total income $1,960,268
Program expenses $1,485,967
Fund raising expenses 88,254
Administrative expenses 396,529
Total expenses $1,970,750
Expenses in Excess of Income (10,482)
Beginning net assets 6,573,830
Other Changes in Net Assets 24,643
Ending net assets 6,587,991
Total liabilities 33,922
Total assets $6,621,913

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The BBB has processed no complaints about this organization in the past 36 months, our standard reporting period.

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