U.S. Congressman Ted Poe will participate in a news conference on Monday, May 2nd at 9:30am at the Childrens Assessment Center (CAC) in Houston to announce a grant award in the amount of $300,000 to the Center for the Serving Children with Enhanced Technology project.

U.S. Congressman Ted Poe; Harris County Judge Robert Eckels; Spindletop President Duane Radtke (President, Dominion Exploration & Production); Rod Clark, President, Baker Hughes; Jack Moore, President, Cameron; Galen Cobb, Vice President, Halliburton; Wayne Richards, Vice President, Schlumberger; Paul Bragg, President & CEO, Pride International; and Morris Foster, President, ExxonMobil Productions Co.

Childrens Assessment Center
2500 Bolsover
Houston, Texas 77005

Monday, May 2nd

The state-of-the-art project, Serving Children with Enhanced Technology, will serve as a model for other initiatives nationwide and will improve services for Harris Countys sexually abused children and their families. Through this program, the CAC will convert their Forensic Interviewing Divisions recordings of disclosures by sexually abused children from an analog tape-based process to a digital-based system with I-Rooms. Like the current equipment the Center employs, Serving Children with Enhanced Technology will ensure a child will never have to relive the trauma of repeatedly recounting their tragedies. The benefit derived from the digitally recorded interviews, however, will come in the form of improved image and sound quality and it will streamline access by the various partner agencies in the investigation and treatment of cases. The implementation of DVD and web-based technology also requires less storage space than the current library of VHS-taped interviews.