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Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center is working to build brighter tomorrows for child victims of abuse. To do so, we provide child-centered, trauma-informed services, including advocacy, forensic interviews, medical exams, mental health services, caregiver education, and community-based prevention education for children and adults.
Since opening in 2006, the number and severity of cases has increased:
• In 2015, ACCAC supported 116 child victims, only 9% of which suffered physical abuse. In 2022, ACCAC supported 249 child victims, with 45% involving physical abuse.
• In 2022, 29% of victims suffered from multiple forms of victimization (sexual abuse, physical abuse, human trafficking, child sexual abuse images, kidnapping, neglect, witnessing family violence, death of sibling, and/or parental drug use).
Your support for this event helps our agency provide desperately needed services to child victims of abuse and their families. As we continue to serve more children and families, we continue to recognize expanding services will further benefit them. We are working to expand our mental health and support programs, as mental health services are difficult to access in a timely manner across the state. We are working to expand our Prevention Education services and on-going supports for adults across the county as these are key components in fighting child abuse. The larger the circle of awareness regarding child abuse and neglect, the more we can do to ensure the safety and health of our community’s children!
Between July 2022 and March 2023:
• 172 children and their family members received advocacy & case management services—helping them to obtain support and services to meet their immediate needs and to heal from the trauma of abuse.
• 155 children received Forensic Interviews, providing them the opportunity to tell of their experiences.
• 103 children were provided trauma-focused mental health services at our Center. Trauma therapy is critical to eliminating the damaging emotional, educational, and physical consequences of child abuse.
• 4,699 children participated in school-based child abuse prevention education— giving them the tools to recognize, respond appropriately, and report incidences of alleged child abuse.
• 3 new programs were created and implemented: Family Read & Meet for children and caregivers, Inner Child Exploration for adult survivors of child abuse, and Inner Circle 2.0 for teen girls as an additional support after completing our original Inner Circle Girls Group.
If you would like to learn more about how you can make a difference in the fight to end child abuse, please contact: email@example.com
Thank you for being a Crusader to end child abuse!