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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

Amy Boney

Five Questions for Amy Boney

Amy Boney is the Executive Director of the Lighthouse Children’s Advocacy Center in Americus, Georgia. 

CACGA:  What is Lighthouse CAC?

Amy Boney: The Lighthouse Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is where healing begins for abused children in the Southwestern Judicial Circuit. Lighthouse CAC provides a coordinated, multi-agency approach to the investigation, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.

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

Amy Boney:  Employees of the organization are visionaries who hope to make everyone they meet an ambassador for its mission. We envision a world where children belong to strong families rather than live in ‘at risk homes’. We see children playing unencumbered rather than concerned with the threats of ‘stranger danger’. We see the challenges our communities face in rural South Georgia and collaborate to strengthen our work plans and strategies to overcome the statistics. We believe in solid partnerships, strong collaborations and supportive networks.

Brad Ray is our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.  Brad is the former owner of an advertising and public relations firm for over ten years and co-owner of one of the largest and most successful privately owned college newspapers in the country. Brad, at the age of 23, became a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (Florida’s equivalent to Georgia’s CASA program).  In 2007, he received The President’s Call to Service Award, the highest honor bestowed to a volunteer by the White House. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Office of the Child Advocate and the Governing Boards of the National CASA organization and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. While doing all of this, Brad still has had time to color with one of our 4 year old victims on the floor while she waited to be interviewed. Did I mention he squeezed in earning his MPA last year?

I am our CAC Director and Forensic Interviewer. I have 21 years of experience in the field of sexual assault, 15 years of experience as a CAC Director; extensive experience in the areas of substance abuse, family and child assessments, social and mental health work, forensic interviewing, and child advocacy; a Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University respectively; a wealth of experience working in rural communities, and is a trained facilitator of Stewards of Children and is currently training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I provide forensic interviews, consultations, assessments, testimony, drafts protocols, provides prevention and education workshops and crisis counseling. I also chair Child Fatality Reviews and MDT meetings and frequently drive Brad and Karan crazy.  [Read More…]

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