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CAC Georgia is Always here to Serve

The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, Inc. is Georgia’s statewide membership association of 46 local children’s advocacy centers.  CACGA was formed in 1992, incorporated in 1994, and as an accredited chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, is one of the leading state children’s advocacy networks in the United States.

Our mission is to provide direct services to local CACs and Georgia communities in order to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of children’s advocacy centers in the state of Georgia.  Our primary role is providing a variety of critical direct services to its CACs in Georgia in the form of training, mentoring, consulting, compiling information for statistical and research purposes, and helping prepare local CAC professionals to be able to function appropriately, professionally and successfully in the legal criminal and civil justice systems.

For more than 20 years, CACGA has been providing training, technical assistance and support to CACs in Georgia as well as outreach and assistance to communities working to establish a Children’s Advocacy Center in their area. CACGA continues to respond to the needs of existing CACs and seeks strategies to develop new Centers.

The payoff is extraordinary:  In local communities throughout Georgia, dedicated professionals are effectively responding to child abuse issues as teams, while being supported by committed and visionary boards of directors, volunteers, funders, and private and governmental partners.

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Focusing On Our CACs

Photo; Jackla Lawson

Five Questions for Jackla Lawson

Jackla Lawson is the Executive Director and SANE Coordinator for The Treehouse, the children’s advocacy center and sexual assault center in Thomasville, Georgia, serving Thomas County.

CACGA: What is The Treehouse CAC?

Jackla Lawson: The Treehouse is a children’s advocacy and sexual assault center in Thomasville serving Thomas County. The Treehouse provides a safe, comfortable environment for children to give their statements about abuse or witnessing a violent crime and to receive a sexual assault exam. The Treehouse operates under the multi-disciplinary approach working with numerous agencies involved in the investigation, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.

CACGA: What would you like the community to know about the professionals who work there?

Jackla Lawson: Each of our staff members, like many other professionals in the field, have a passion for the work they do. They recognize the need for services provided by The Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center in our community and are committed to providing the best service possible to children and families in Thomas County. In addition to their heart for helping others, each staff person also has extensive training in the field of child abuse and sexual assault.

I am our Executive Director, SANE Coordinator, and conduct the majority of forensic interviews at The Treehouse. I began working in the field of child abuse and domestic violence in 2007 and have been the Executive Director of The Treehouse for 3 years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Valdosta State University and have received extensive training in the areas of child abuse, sexual assault, forensic interviewing, domestic violence, and victim advocacy. I conduct forensic interviews, schedule sexual assault examinations, facilitate multi-disciplinary team meetings, testify in court, write grant proposals and provide community awareness presentations in addition to other administrative tasks. [Read More…]

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