At Monday’s commissioner court meeting, District Attorney Michael Burns briefed the court on the Children’s Alliance Center in Mineral Wells.
“The Alliance Center is actually a trademarked name,” he began. “We were the 69th center in Texas. It exists as a 501(c)(3) to provide necessary services to law enforcement, prosecutors, child protective services and medical.”
He explained that Hood and Young counties each have a center.
“Community members recognized the need and looked at some numbers,” Burns continued.
He explained that there were 198 confirmed cases of child abuse in Palo Pinto County in 2013.
“CPS removed 65 cases from homes last year,” he added. “We were using other counties to do the work.”
Burns said the center will exist on donations and grants.
“We also have fundraisers,” he added.
The next will be a “Bags, Bingo, Badges” at Clark Gardens.
Those attending will play Bingo for designer handbags ranging in value from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Clark Gardens on Maddox Road east of Mineral Wells. Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
“I think we’ll start seeing children by the end of the month,” Burns said of the recently formed organization.