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.
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For more information about specific volunteer opportunities, please call Megan Kohler at (859) 225-5437.
To reduce the trauma experienced by sexually abused children by providing services in a nurturing, friendly and safe environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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