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8th Annual World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse Conference

CACGA is excited to announce its expert speaker lineup for its 8th Annual World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse conference, in Macon, Georgia, on November 19, 2014.

The Conference is open to the public, and also to all of those professionals who work so tirelessly in the fight against child maltreatment.  Continuing education credits have been applied for.   The cost for the conference is $75.00 — $35.00 for students — and registration can be found right here on our CACGA website.

National experts, including several who work and practice in Georgia, will collectively present 10 separate workshops on important topics designed to provide attendees with the latest information as attendees continue their fight against child abuse.  There will be workshop tracks for prosecution, investigation, social services, medical and mental health, and of course for the professionals who work in Children’s Advocacy Centers across Georgia and the U.S.

AntwoneFisherAdditionally, CACGA is honored to have Mr. Antwone Fisher as our Keynote Speaker.  Antwone Fisher is an award-winning film and literary writer. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but was subsequently moved [Read More...]

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

Five Questions for Kris Rice

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Kris, as drawn by Sarah(age 4)

Kris Rice is the Executive Director of Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center, in beautiful Savannah. Kris is  one of the founding members of what is now known as the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. 

CACGA:  What is Coastal CAC?

Kris Rice:  CCAC provides a confidential, child-friendly site for video-recording forensic interviews with children who have alleged sexual or severe physical abuse or who have witnessed violence.  By recording interviews, we prevent kids from having to talk about their abuse repeatedly, thus decreasing the trauma of disclosure, and preserve children’s initial statements for court purposes.  The center serves as a liaison with other involved agencies and offers play and trauma-focused therapies, crisis intervention, case management, emotional support, and follow-up services for child victims and witnesses and their non-offending family members at no charge.  CCAC also provides community education and professional training on child abuse and related topics.

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

Kris Rice:  Our staff is made up of genuinely talented and dedicated professionals.

Melissa Dotterweich, clinical coordinator, is an extraordinarily gifted and creative clinician who began as a graduate intern and has now been with the center for 11 years.  In that time, she has made an enormous difference in the lives of hundreds of young victims and their families, has taught and mentored numerous interns, and has truly earned the respect of her colleagues on the MDT.

Meaghan Ready, therapist, is new to our center this year, having come to us from the CAC in Augusta.  She brings energy, enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn to her new role here, and we’re looking forward to great things from her.

Victoria Burch began as an accounting intern at the center almost six years ago, was hired as administrative assistant following graduation, and subsequently promoted to office manager.  In that role, she continues to amaze us with her self-taught skills in a variety of media and technologies, in addition to her terrific talents for financial and organizational management.

I have been with the center as director since it opened in 1992, and am contemplating retirement in the next year or two—so anyone with an interest in relocating to Savannah and experience in providing high-quality services to victims of child abuse should send us a resume (ccac@ccac-savannah.org).

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