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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

Deborah Maine, Executive Director CAC Lowndes County in Valdosta, Georgia

Five Questions for Deborah Maine

Deborah Maine is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County in Valdosta, Georgia.  The CAC of Lowndes County is in the Southern Judicial and is a full member center of CACGA, and also is fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.

CACGA:  What is the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County and what is its mission?

Deborah Maine: The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County is a 501©3 independent non-profit child-focused community resource center created to decrease the trauma experienced by child victims of sexual and physical abuse by responding to their immediate and long-term needs in a child-friendly and safe environment.  Services offered include forensic interviews, individual and family therapy, caregiver support therapy, and court preparation for child abuse victims who must go to trial.

Therapy services and forensic services are the largest components of the CAC.  Therapy at the CAC takes a client-centered and strengths-based approach. Families are engaged in therapy services in a variety of ways, beginning with the first phone call during which families are educated about CAC services and asked about their current needs.  During the first appointment, the therapist works with the family to help them identify their strengths, needs, priorities, and goals for treatment. The therapist and family work together to create the changes necessary to help the child and family work through the trauma.  The non-offending caregivers also participate in individual and family sessions. During these times, caregivers can discuss any issues including questions or concerns they have about the child’s treatment or progress.  Caregivers are also taught ways they can make changes in order to best meet their child’s needs and to support the changes their child is making in treatment. [Read More...]

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