Margarita Beraud, Bilingual Family Advocate for The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center, recently earned her License as a Master Social Worker, announced Roxanne Stevenson the center’s Executive Director. The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners conferred the LMSW title to Ms. Beraud in January.
Ms. Beraud received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Paine College in Augusta, GA after serving four years as a medical specialist in the US Army. She went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree from Savannah State University before moving back to her home state of Texas. She worked for the Gregg County Health Department before joining The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center in September 2015.
At the center, Ms. Beraud provides critical advocacy support for hundreds of children and families each year who need specialized assistance during child abuse investigations. She has completed additional training in crime victim rights, mental health screening practices, and advanced family advocacy.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Margarita’s caliber on staff,” stated Stevenson. “With her bilingual skills, experience, and advanced credentials, our center can further expand the types of services we offer in-house to better benefit the families we serve.”
The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization which facilitates a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the intervention, investigation, and treatment of child sexual and physical abuse cases.
The center provides forensic interviews, ongoing advocacy and referral support, medical exams, and counseling for children and non-offending family members in Gregg, Harrison, and Marion Counties. Last fiscal year the center provided services for 616 children.
“Research shows that children who have been victimized by abuse are more likely to thrive in spite of what’s happened to them when they have supportive, engaged caregivers,” stated Beraud. “My focus is to help caregivers become that support system for their own children.”
For more information about The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center, call 903-807-0189 or visit their website at www.TheMartinHouseCAC.org.