Press release from Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center
(Dillsboro, Ind.) - Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Dillsboro, Indiana opened its doors in September of 2009, with the mission to minimize trauma suffered by alleged victims of child abuse.
The center serves Region 15 which is comprised of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties. The center also serves surrounding counties, such as Jennings County, if services are needed. Since opening, the center has conducted 500 forensic interviews, assisting Law Enforcement, Department of Children’s Services, and Prosecuting Attorneys combat the cycle of child abuse. Prior to the opening of the Region 15 CAC, the southern portion of Indiana did not have a center dedicated to providing these types services and support to victims of child abuse.
The Children’s Advocacy Center uses a team approach which brings numerous multidisciplinary professionals together for one cause; “to prevent, detect, investigate and treat child abuse.” Statistics from the Department of Children’s services show that more than 17,000 children are abused or neglected in Indiana every year. This staggering statistics puts in to perspective the importance of the services that the CAC offers. The center provides the region with three services; forensic interviewing of children and developmentally delayed adults whom maybe victims or witnesses to physical and/or sexual abuse, medical exam referrals, and referrals of mental health counseling for victims and non-offending family members. The center has plans to extend services, which will allow the center to provide medical exams and counseling service on site.
As the Region 15 CAC surpasses the milestone of 500 interviews, the staff would like to thank the multidisciplinary team for their hard work and dedication to the development and improvement of the center. They would also like to thank the community for their support and generous donations, which helped make center possible. As the staff at Region 15 CAC continues in their strides to lessen the trauma that child abuse victims suffer, they continually remember the words spoken by Angela Schwindt, “while we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
For more information contact Kara Hudepohl at Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center. Phone- 812-432-3200 e-mail- email@example.com.