Happy Anniversary Franklin County CASA - 20 Years Of Service To Franklin County
We are pleased to announce Security Lock and Key will be installing new recording equipment for the forensic interview room at the child advocacy center and live stream equipment at Franklin County DSS to support services offered through their SAFE program coordinating safe supervised visits for children and their parents. The chosen bid fell within the prescribed budget and supported the needs as defined in our request. We appreciate all the bids supplied by vendors for this unique project and look forward to other opportunities to work with Virginia's creative businesses in the future.
The National Children's Alliance recently developed a new public service announcement about the courage it takes for kids to disclose abuse and courage it takes for adults to report it. This campaign is called “Help Victims Become Survivors.” Yesterday, with the help of Peter Connors and other PR experts, this PSA played during the Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
We are asking your help in ensuring that this message is spread far and wide through social media by taking a moment today to share the PSA through your Facebook page (both work and personal if you are willing to help us get the word out more broadly) and Twitter account(s).
If the whole CAC movement shares this on the same day (or at least over the next couple of days), it is much more likely to go viral and reach the general public who so clearly needs this hopeful message.
You may share this by using either of the two links below. The first one includes a directory search where folks can find their nearest CAC - www.helpvictimsbecomesurvivors.org
The second is simply the youtube video—which does not include the search feature.
Twenty-four states have also signed on to receive their own customized version of this.
NCA is currently working with teacher’s associations and education associations here in Washington to get them to circulate the PSA, as well. It poses teachers as the heroes they are and accurately portrays them as the number one reporters of abuse among mandatory reporter groups.
Thank you in advance for all your help with spreading the word about the courageous actions kids take every day to seek help and the ways in which adults can help.
What's Happening at the CAC: Spring has finallly arrived! Thank goodness. April proved to be a very busy month for us and all during the month we provided outreach and education to almost 6,000 individuals in our community. Thank you to all the volunteers, board and staff members that worked extra hours to reach so many members of our community. We were happy to parner with our schools again this year for several projects and appreciated their participation in the display of pinwheels in front of each school in the county.
May bring on a new class of court appointed special advocate volunteers beginning their training to advocate for children impacted by family violence and who are involved in judicial proceedings. These individuals will have to participate in 42 hours of training, be screened for criminal histories and child protective service checks, provide references, and go through internal screenings and interviews before being sworn-in as an officer of the court and assigned their first case. Training began on May 5th and will continue until July.
June will be exciting as we, hopefully, will begin providing intra-agency clinical services. To compliment our contracted services, we will have our own staff begin seeing children for clinical assessments and treatment services. This month will also allow for the quarterly medical wellness checks for children referred to our Child Abuse Review Team.
Summer, I am sure will pass quickly, but I don't want to forget to reflect back over this last year in which we celebrated our 20th year of service to our community and thank and recognize the many individuals who offered support and service to our mission. Thank you. And to keep up with our activities check out our facebook - www.facebook.com/SVCAC4KIDS - you do NOT need a facebook account to view our information, so use this as an additional resource.
Each year thousands of victims of child abuse and neglect begin their journey to recovery through a children's advocacy center, a child-friendly place where even the smallest and most vulnerable of child victims can feel safe telling what has happened to them and where their healing can begin.
The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases by providing the following:
Videotaped interviews of child abuse victims in safe, child-friendly surroundings, avoiding multiple interviews, reducing the trauma of disclosure, and preserving statements for court purposes
Victim advocacy and emotional support for victims and non-offending family members as well as access to the victim's compensation system
Counseling treatment services, offered on-site or through referral, to help child victims begin the healing process
Forensic medical exams, offered on-site or through referral, utilizing specialized equipment necessary for accurate diagnoses
Interdisciplinary review of cases by teams of professionals, including law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical mental health, victim assistance, and child advocacy
In addition to victim services we are also actively engaged in the development of prevention teams, comprised of experts from throughout the community, working together to stop the cycle of abuse and violence through outreach and educational programming.
The mission of the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center is to promote the well-being of abused and neglected children through Treatment, Advocacy, Prevention, and Education.
National Children's Alliance * National CASA Association * United Way of Franklin County * Children's Advocacy Centers of VA
COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION Write USDA Director Office of Civil Rights Washington, DC