The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases by providing the following:
Videotaped interviews of child abuse victims in safe, child-friendly surroundings, avoiding multiple interviews, reducing the trauma of disclosure, and preserving statements for court purposes
Victim advocacy and emotional support for victims and non-offending family members as well as access to the victim's compensation system
Counseling treatment services, offered on-site or through referral, to help child victims begin the healing process
Forensic medical exams, offered on-site or through referral, utilizing specialized equipment necessary for accurate diagnoses
Interdisciplinary review of cases by teams of professionals, including law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical mental health, victim assistance, and child advocacy
In addition to victim services we are also actively engaged in the development of prevention teams, comprised of experts from throughout the community, working together to stop the cycle of abuse and violence through outreach and educational programming.
CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates
Franklin County CASA provides advocacy services for abused and neglected children who are involved in judicial proceedings. CASA volunteers investigate cases, submit reports to the court addressing issues of safety, individual and family needs, and permanency, assist Guardians Ad Litem, and monitor cases for compliance with court orders. Franklin County CASA's goal is to ensure that every abused and neglected child is appointed a skilled and committed CASA volunteer who will advocate for their best interest during these proceedings.
The Southern VA Child Advocacy Center serves as Resource Office for the team and coordinates the implementation of this comprehensive multidisciplinary response to child abuse. The Resource Office's primary goal is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the community based team by strengthening our commitment to victims through providing coordinated services including joint investigations, case management, prosecution efforts, advocacy, medical and clinical treatment and educational programs. The team's response is multifaceted and services are provided to ensure a timely, thorough response to each victim's needs.
Child & Caretaker Interaction Program
The Child and Caretaker Interaction Program is a 15 hour hands-on, comprehensive approach to identifying strengths within caretaker/child relationships. Trained staff and volunteers utilize multiple visits to the CAC to observe and document interaction between the parties in staged and non-staged situations. Assessment tools are also used to identify general patterns of behavior and basic forms of attachment between the caretaker and the child. Reports are generated to provide additional insight for Judges, Department of Social Service, or other agencies that consider placements for children.
Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children
Our newest program targets community outreach. D2L - Stewards of Children introduces a curriculum that educates the community about child sexual abuse and surrounding issues, increases the identification of child abuse, child neglect, and child sexual abuse, and teaches community members how to report concerns of abuse and neglect. Skills developed in the D2L - Stewards of Children empower community members to share in the protection of children by effectively identifying, responding to and reporting child abuse.
For more information on being a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, the Child & Caretaker Interaction Program, Internships or assisting with special events/projects being coordinated by the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center