300 South Main Street Rocky Mount, VA 24151 (540)484-5566
News & Events
We are revving up to begin our new recruit training for our CASA programs! We are developing services in Pittsylvania County as well. So we are looking for advocates - adults who can speak up for children who are involved in the court system as a result of abuse and neglect.
or mail to 300 S. Main Street, Rocky Mount VA 24151
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.
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. Every 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.
The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center offers an education/outreach prevention program, Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children curriculum is proven to change beliefs, actions and attitudes towards child sexual abuse.Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is a two-hour workshop designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children emphasizes child safety as an adult’s responsibility. Trainings are open to the public. Each participant will be inspired to take personal responsibility in preventing this epidemic. Stewards of Children facilitates discussion about the incidence and consequences of abuse, and presents information about child protection policies and reporting mandates. Continuing education hours for professionals in various fields can also be obtained.
We are pleased to announce we have been awarded funding to support the implementation of this program through The Family and Children’s Trust Fund which is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor to raise and distribute funds to local communities for family violence prevention, treatment, and public awareness throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Contact the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center at email@example.com or call 484-5566 to participate in a scheduled training or coordinate this educational opportunity for your church, neighborhood watch group, school, or civic group. There is a $10 fee for participants.
We were also thrilled to have had such an incredible outreach during the month of April for Child Abuse Prevention programming. With the support of FACT and the Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club we were able to outreach to almost 6,000 individuals during this month.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS/TRAINING Spring 2018
Special Events/Trainings March 14th - Roanoke Valley Gives Big Fundraiser
April - Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 7th - Kayaking Smith Mountain Lake For Kid's Sake Kickoff
December 15th- 13th Annual Johnny CASA 5 miler - Southern VA CAC - 8:30 a.m. start
Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program - CASA
New CASA Training- To be determined
Child Abuse Review Team - CART - Franklin County/Rocky Mount held at the CAC
March 14th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
March 28th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
April 11th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
April 25th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
May 9th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
May 23rd - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
June 13th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
June 27th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
Child Abuse Review Team - CART of Martinsville City held at the CAO on Martinsville March 2nd- Case Reviews - 9 a.m.
April 6th - Case Reviews - 9 a.m.
May 4th - Case Reviews - 9 a.m.
June 1st - Case Reviews - 9 a.m.
Child Abuse Review Team - CART of Henry County held at the CAO in Henry County March 15th - Case Review - 10 a.m.
April 19th - Case Review - 10 a.m.
May 17th - Case Review - 10 a.m.
June 21st - Case Review - 10 a.m.
Child Abuse Review Team - CART of Patrick County held at the Administration Building in Patrick County
March 7th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
April 4th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
May 2nd - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
June 6th - Case Reviews - 10 a.m.
Darkness to Light - Stewards for Children - COST - $10 per person for materials Call 484-5566 to register for the class - 5 participants must be registered to hold the class
2018 Holiday Closings January 1st and 2nd January 15th February 19th May 28th July 4th September 3rd October 8th November 12th November 22nd at Noon thru November 24th December 22nd at noon and 25th
2018 CAPS Board Meetings March 5th May 7th July 9th September 10th November 5th
All meetings are held in the conference room at the Southern VA CAC and are open to the public and begin at 5:30 p.m.
What's Happening at the CAC: It's Feburary and then spring's just around the corner, time certainly goes faster than I would like for it to go. Well, 2017 is upon us and with the new year, comes some wonderful opportunities and changes at the center. We are looking to hire a ful-time clinician and a coordinator of volunteer services and have hired Sarah Shockley as an additional family advocate. We are blessed to have three interns providing needed support to our service programs and Pam King, who is a special projects volunteer. We strive to meet our region's needs with coordinated, comprehensive responses.
We are in the home stretch now.......we are finally in the 40's on the list for the department of behavioral health's intial review for licensure of our facility to bill for clinical services. It has taken over a year and a half to make it to this spot. Continue to keep us in your thoughts as we look at this review as an opportunity to ensure best practices are being implemented to meet the assessment and treatment needs of kiddos and families impacted by trauma. Thank you to our community clinical planning team for their insight and direction.
We are still on-track with our expansion into Pittsylvania County for our CASA services and Martinsville and Henry Counties are a blessing to partner with to coordinate a community-based team response to child abuse and neglect.
To keep up with our activities check out our facebook - www.facebook.com/SVCAC4KIDS - you do NOT need a facebook account to view our information, so use this as an additional resource.
EVERY CHILD MATTERS
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Johnny CASA 5 Miler/5K Walk
Our 12th annual Johnny CASA 5 miler 5K Walk will be held on December 16, 2017 in Rocky Mount! Race start is 8:30 a.m. Following the course designed last year in Rocky Mount and including the 5K Run! For additional information, visit the race website at: www.johnnycasa5miler-5Kwalk.com