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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

Dan Hillman, Executive Director of Child Enrichment, Inc., Augusta, Georgia

Five Questions for Dan Hillman

Dan Hillman is the Executive Director of Child Enrichment, Inc., the Child Advocacy Center, CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Clothing Closet for foster youth.  Child Enrichment is a full member center of CACGA, and also is fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.

CACGA:  What is Child Enrichment and its mission?

Dan Hillman: Child Enrichment is a 501©3 non-profit charity which began in 1977, and began serving children in an emergency shelter in 1978.  Child Enrichment’s mission is provide and coordinate comprehensive intervention, stabilization, advocacy and prevention services in the best interests of abandoned, abused, neglected and sexually abused children.  The Child Advocacy Center began in 1986, CASA was added in 1995 and the Clothing Closet began in 2008.  The emergency shelter closed on February 7, 2007, when the last children, a sibling group of four were placed with an adoptive family.

Child Enrichment is a guiding light for other agencies, organizations or individuals who are concerned about the health and safety of children.  We work hard to actually place children as the number one priority, and we expect other youth serving organizations to do so as well.  We will help you, respect you, yet, confront you if your words, behavior, or efforts are not in the best interest of our mutual clients.  We will encourage you, and you will become our ally, and we yours.  Child Enrichment is a philosophy, as well as a wonderful organization.

CACGAWhat would you like your community to know about the professionals who work at the Child Enrichment?

Dan Hillman:  Heroes and angels… and, I attempt to be the angel herder.    Ginette Williams is our CAC director, Kari Viola, Forensic Interviewer; Denise Field, Therapist; Cheryl Boucher, Therapist; collectively these four women ARE the Child Advocacy Center of Child Enrichment;   To me, faith is a personal matter, yet, when I speak of the child advocacy and other professionals who are employees, I say: THEY HAVE BEEN PLACED HERE TO DO THIS WORK.  Almost everyone reading this knows that child advocacy work is difficult and stressful.  We also know that few things are more important than protecting children.  The twelve full and three part time employees of Child Enrichment are heroes, as were their predecessors.   I work very hard to inform the community about CEI and our mission, as well as the specific work being done to help child victims to recover.  Our MDT allies provide our most significant support, and it is mutual among all members.  Yet, if we surveyed the adult population of the Augusta [Read More...]

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