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.
CACGA: What 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…]