162 North Ashland Avenue
Lexington KY 40502-1509
Contact Information
Address 162 North Ashland Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502 1509
Phone (859) 225-5437
Fax 859 225-1102
Contact Name Townsend Miller
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1997
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

The Children’s Advocacy Center relies on the generous support of concerned citizens to deliver compassionate care to every child in need. You can help us carry out this important mission by making a monetary contribution or donating your time and talent. Your investment will be used to strengthen core services and enhance our capacity to serve families for many years to come.

Volunteers are important to the Children’s Advocacy Center. The Advocacy Center is always looking for those who have an interest in children and want to become involved. There are numerous ways to help. We have one-time opportunities and on-going weekly opportunities.

CACBG volunteers may:

  • Greet family at the door, making them feel comfortable
  • Help out with clerical or office work
  • Role play during a Kids In Court session
  • Assist with fundraising events by soliciting auction items
  • Help by maintaining the Center grounds

For more information about specific volunteer opportunities, please call Megan Kohler at (859) 225-5437.

Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

To reduce the trauma experienced by sexually abused children by providing services in a nurturing, friendly and safe environment.

Background Statement

In October 1988, Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson began to develop a multidisciplinary team model for investigation, intervention and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.


In early 1990, Mr. Larson and a group of community partners and concerned citizens visited the nation’s first Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama to learn about their unique approach to investigating child sexual abuse. While children once had to navigate a difficult and confusing legal system with multiple, repetitive interviews and exams, the Center in Huntsville was organized so that all services a child needs could be located in one place. The National Children’s Advocacy Center was modeled on the simple but powerful concept of coordination between community agencies and professionals involved in the system.


Inspired by the Children’s Advocacy Center model in Huntsville, the task force soon established a regional Board of Directors and the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in December 1991.  


In 1994, the Lexington Urban County Council awarded the Center a Community Development Block Grant to purchase a renovated Victorian home through a 20-year ghost mortgage. In May 1994, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass officially opened its doors and began providing comprehensive services to child victims of sexual abuse in 17 Central Kentucky counties. 


When the Center first began operations, the only staff member was the Executive Director and all services initially provided to child victims were contracted with other community agencies. Over time, the Center hired additional staff and renovated the building to create more space to provide comprehensive services to our clients and their families. Currently, the Center employs an Executive Director, Finance Director, Program Coordinator, Family Advocate, Child Victim Therapist, two part-time Forensic Interviewers, a part-time Nurse/Medical Clinic Coordinator, and a contract Pediatrician.

Impact Statement

The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is dedicated to reducing the trauma experienced by child victims of sexual abuse. The organization provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child sexual abuse cases across 17 Central Kentucky counties. Each year, nearly 600 children come to the Center for forensic interviews, medical examinations, counseling and advocacy support. All services are provided in a nurturing, friendly and safe environment at no cost to a child’s family. In addition to these services, the Children’s Advocacy Center also offers education and training to improve community response to child sexual abuse.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

As adults, we know life can be hard and full of challenges. We may think back to our childhood when life seemed simpler and more innocent; when time felt limitless and possibilities knew no bounds. However, for children whose lives have been turned upside down by the betrayal of sexual abuse, just getting out of bed each morning can be a struggle.

The burden these children carry is significant. Because their abuser is often a trusted family friend or relative – a fact alone that is enough to cause anxiety and fear – they know their disclosure will cause additional heartache and family strain. Nothing is more terrifying than the thought of telling someone what has happened to them.   

These vulnerable children deserve a system that they can trust; a place where they can safely share their problems in a caring and supportive environment. The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass was created with that simple goal in mind.

The Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to reducing the trauma experienced by child victims of sexual abuse. Each day, children from across the Bluegrass come to the Center to receive forensic interviews, comprehensive medical examinations, counseling, or advocacy services. For these young victims, our Center is a source of hope. They’re comforted to find out that they are not alone; that there is hope and that someone is standing up for them.

Unfortunately, the need is great. National statistics tell us that 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday and only 10% of all cases will ever be reported to the authorities.

In 2011, the Center will provide forensic interviews to approximately 600 children and crisis support to 800 caregivers. Our expert medical staff will provide at least 150 comprehensive medical exams. More than 90 children will enroll in individual therapy where they’ll develop a healthy self-image, learn to trust again, and identify ways to protect themselves from further victimization. Hope for the future is again possible, despite the harsh realities.    

All services at the Children’s Advocacy Center are provided at no cost to a child’s family. We cannot do this without your financial support.

Your contribution is vital in helping us serve the most vulnerable members of society. A donation of any size ensures that we can continue to open our doors to children in need of hope and healing. 

We can’t change what happened to children before they come to the Center, but we can change what happens next. With your support we can and will do more.
Board Chair Statement

As we have recently observed with the tragedies unfolding at Penn State University, vulnerable young children can be preyed upon, exploited and abused by adults who otherwise appear to be “fine, upstanding citizens”.  Victims of child sexual abuse are not confined to any particular socioeconomic segment, gender, race, national origin, religion or any other demographic classification.  Many young children suffer in silence and are ill equipped to cope with the significant and sometimes lifelong consequences of their sexual abuse.


As President of the Children’s Advocacy Center, I know there are many children who desperately need the kinds of intervention, therapy, support and long term restorative care that our organization provides.  Unfortunately, the need for what we do to protect and help abused children is greater than the financial resources we have.


Moreover, the demand for services offered by the Children’s Advocacy Center has increased to such an extent that we will need to move into a larger building this year. We will require more staff.  We will need help in sprucing up our new location so that it presents a fresh, warm, friendly and non-threatening environment.  We will also need help in paying for our new building.  While the needs are great, so is our resolve in meeting these needs.


We cannot fulfill our mission alone and we need your help.  Won’t you please send a financial contribution in whatever amount you feel comfortable to the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass? We have pledged to make sure that the children we serve are safe, protected and provided with the best opportunities for successful healing.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Sexual Assault Services
Geographic Areas Served
17-county Bluegrass region which includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison. Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Guy Bradley
Company Affiliation Retired - Republic Bank
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
Angie Beavin CarneyLEX18
Susan BlakeCommunity VolunteerVoting
Guy BradleyRepublic BankVoting
Angie CalderwoodCommunity Volunteer
Colmon ElridgeInternational Coach Federation
Callie KellerCommunity VolunteerVoting
Hon. Ray LarsonFayette Commonwealth Attorney's OfficeExofficio
Amelie LarsonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Brenda ManninoCommunity VolunteerVoting
Alicia MillerCabinet for Health and Family ServicesExofficio
Jenna MitchellCommunity VolunteerVoting
Marion QueenCommunity VolunteerVoting
Paige ReaCommunity VolunteerVoting
Lou Anna Red CornFayette Commonwealth Attorney's OfficeVoting
Barbara SaunierCommunity VolunteerVoting
Bruce SimpsonStoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Dr. Phillip WahleKnight Wahle CHalothorn Orthordontics
Derrick WhitakerCreative Kitchen and BathVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Edwin J Stephens
Term Start Dec 2015

Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 25
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Forensic interviews are conducted at the center by a trained specialist in a child-friendly atmosphere.  The interviewer is specially trained to talk and interact with children while accessing their capabilities and gathering legally sound facts regarding the abuse allegations  The center works with the multi-disciplinary team to shedule a single interview with a forensic interviewer.
Budget 90000
After a disclosure of sexual abuse by a child, the family is forced to deal with many stressful issues.  An advocate at the Center is available to aid the family during this time.  Some activities may include but are not limited to: answering questions, educating the family on how the legal system works, and providing crisis counseling to the family.  The Center advocates also facilitate groups that educate and promote healing.
Budget 111000

Our medical clinic provides medical examinations for children who have made an allegation of sexual abuse.  Our team of professionals includes a pediatrician, registered nurse, and licensed clinical social worker who have received specialized training in child sexual abuse. The medical clinic team also serve as members of the multidisciplinary team of professionals who act jointly in response to child sexual abuse. 

Budget 125000
A Child Victim Therapist provides assessments, crisis counseling, individual, group and family therapy.  Children who have been sexually abused often display symptoms such as anger, acting out, nightmares, withdrawal and isolation.  These symptoms require treatment so the abused child can move beyond the trauma of abuse and begin healing.
Budget 60000
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Children's Alliance - Accredited Membership2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,129,683.00
Projected Expenses $1,098,566.00
Endowment Value $123,843.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$596,328$106,500$35,000
Individual Contributions$202,251$442,732$484,002
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,497$3,482$4,195
Membership Dues------
Special Events$81,932$111,460$80,535
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$636,292$512,620$497,120
Administration Expense$223,430$176,687$207,747
Fundraising Expense$31,705$21,473$17,256
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.010.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%72%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,226,855$1,233,335$1,194,402
Current Assets$228,521$260,739$203,381
Long-Term Liabilities$129,500$148,000$166,500
Current Liabilities$52,032$17,815$25,460
Total Net Assets$1,045,323$1,007,311$1,002,442
Form 990s
2017 Form 990
2016 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
Dates July 2012 to June 2015
Amount Raised To Date 220000 as of Dec 2012
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 162 North Ashland Avenue
Lexington, KY 405021509
Primary Phone 859 225-5437
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Edwin J Stephens
Board Chair Guy Bradley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired - Republic Bank