The Children's Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend has some new equipment to help them as they investigate child abuse and neglect.

The equipment package includes a video camera, a specially equipped laptop and microphone.

The Governor's Office and Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas provided funding for state of the art mobile forensic interview technology for the local center. Children's Advocacy Center Executive Director Mindy Jimenez said the need for such equipment is strong.

"The camera is in a picture frame," Jimenez said. "It's concealed by a sunflower. The reason for that is, when we talk to kids, it can be an intimidating process for them to be talking about. Whether it's private and personal, it's not a very comfortable thing to be going through."

Jimenez said that workers with the Advocacy Center will let the children know they are being recorded, but do not want them to be constantly reminded because of a large camera.