Kent County in Michigan recently announced the opening of an expanded Children's Advocacy Center to provide services to child victims of sexual abuse.
The larger facility was needed because of continued demands for services for children facing this trauma. According to the director of the program, the center serves more than 1,000 children a year. Until the new facility was opened, child victims had to wait as long as three months for the services they needed.
For more than 25 years, the agency has applied, like many other child advocacy centers, a multi-disciplinary approach to intervention with children recovering from sexual abuse. A multi-disciplinary approach means all the services that are part of the investigation and intervention in child sexual abuse cases are located in the same facility.
Having law enforcement, medical professionals, and child protective services in the same location with other advocacy services means that a child only needs to tell his or her story one time – in one place, and everyone who needs access to the information has what they need. Emily Linnert "New Center for Child Sexual Abuse Victims Opens" http://woodtv.com/2018/01/18/new-center-for-child-sexual-abuse-victims-opens/ (Jan. 18, 2018).