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Children’s Advocacy Center marks milestone with open house PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:10 PM

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana (formerly Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center) will hold a Milestone Celebration Open House to honor the first 1,000 children interviewed in their Center.

The Open House from noon until 2 p.m. Monday, July 15, will include tours of the facility by staff and volunteers, and a lunch will be provided. Special guest Sixth District Rep. Luke Messer will be present from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Children’s Advocacy Center, Dillsboro, is a child-friendly nonprofit corporation created to minimize the trauma suffered by victims of child abuse.

The Center is designed to use a multidisciplinary team approach which facilitates the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse. Their primary service is child-friendly forensic interviews.

A forensic interview is a fact-finding interview that is used to assess whether or not abuse has occurred. Children/teenagers come to the Children’s Advocacy Center because there has been a report that the child may have experienced some form of abuse or may have witnessed violence either at home or in some other circumstance.

The job of the forensic interviewer is to allow the child to tell about that event in a way that appears to be a one-on-one discussion, not an interrogation, completely non-threatening and in language not suggested to the child by the interviewer.

The child is given the opportunity to describe an event in his or her own words, in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate to the child.

“Prior to the Center opening in September of 2009, children often had to tell what happened again and again to different people - the school personnel, detectives, child protective services, psychologists and more - often in locations where a child might feel vulnerable,” said Sarah Brichto, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center.

“Now when a child has a terrible truth to tell, there’s a safe and supportive place to talk one on one with a trained individual in a single interview.”

“The welfare of our children is a crucial issue that deserves our focus. The Children’s Advocacy Center is an extremely important resource to our families, and I’m pleased I’ll be able meet the staff and members of the Board of Directors and get a firsthand look at what they’re doing and what they need to be successful,” said Messer.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Indiana serves the families of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties.

In addition to the forensic interview, the Center also makes medical examination and mental health counseling referrals.

For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center and available resources, log on to Center’s website at www.region15cac.org or visit their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/region15cac.