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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).