Every child has the right to a safe, permanent home; a loving and supportive environment; and the opportunity to be a child. Each year in the United States, millions of children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. Eventually, many of these children end up in court with a judge deciding their future. Sometimes children become victims again, victims of an overburdened child welfare system. Sometimes a child can remain adrift in the system for months, even years. Ervery child deserves to begin their journey to recovery through a children's advocacy center, a child-friendly place where even the smallest and most vulnerable of child victims can feel safe telling what has happened to them and where their healing can begin.
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of abused and neglected children through treatment, advocacy, prevention, and education. We offer space for all CAPS’ programs, as well as, a child friendly atmosphere for our multidisciplinary response to child abuse and neglect. We offer the benefit of immediate follow-up on child abuse reports, better coordination of medical and mental health referrals, fewer child victim interviews, increased successful prosecution and a consistent continuum of support services to victims and their non-offending family members. We received national accreditation in June of 2004, becoming the first CAC in the state to attain ranking. Services are comprehensive and community oriented.
Our mission is to promote the well-being of children through Treatment, Advocacy, Prevention, and Education.
The National Children's Alliance recently developed a new public service announcement about the courage it takes for kids to disclose abuse and courage it takes for adults to report it. This campaign is called “Help Victims Become Survivors.” Yesterday, with the help of Peter Connors and other PR experts, this PSA played during the Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
We are asking your help in ensuring that this message is spread far and wide through social media by taking a moment today to share the PSA through your Facebook page (both work and personal if you are willing to help us get the word out more broadly) and Twitter account(s).
If the whole CAC movement shares this on the same day (or at least over the next couple of days), it is much more likely to go viral and reach the general public who so clearly needs this hopeful message.
You may share this by using either of the two links below. The first one includes a directory search where folks can find their nearest CAC -www.helpvictimsbecomesurvivors.org
The second is simply the youtube video—which does not include the search feature.
Twenty-four states have also signed on to receive their own customized version of this.
NCA is currently working with teacher’s associations and education associations here in Washington to get them to circulate the PSA, as well. It poses teachers as the heroes they are and accurately portrays them as the number one reporters of abuse among mandatory reporter groups.
Thank you in advance for all your help with spreading the word about the courageous actions kids take every day to seek help and the ways in which adults can help.
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