In Their Own Words... follow this link to read a letter from a Foothills' client.
Your Gift Will Help To...
Reduce their trauma.
Pause for a minute and try to imagine how difficult it is for a child who has been sexually or physically abused to tell someone what has happened. An abused child is often afraid or ashamed to disclose what has happened to him or her and, at the minimum, needs to feel safe and secure in order to do so. Foothills Child Advocacy Center fills that unique need in our community... we provide a safe, neutral, child-friendly place for child forensic interviews and family support.
Before Foothills was founded in 2006, children would be interviewed as many as 15 times at all the different agencies who deal with child abuse cases. Again, pause for a minute and try to imagine having to talk to so many strangers about something terrible that happened to you. Foothills' child-friendly, private environment offers a safe place for the child interview, which is video- and audio-recorded. That means that the majority of children only need to be interviewed one time -- significantly reducing re-traumatization.
Read more about forensic interviews here.
Ensure their safety.
Foothills coordinates the Charlottesville/Albemarle Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of 14 agencies. This team meets twice a month to review cases. This communication reduces duplication of services and gaps in services to victims - and helps to ensure that the child is safe.
Foothills' staff conduct risk and need assessments with the non-offending caregivers, provides mental health services and other referrals, and helps the families to provide safe environments for child victims. Foothills' staff support the family throughout the investigation and treatment.
Promote their healing.
The earlier that an abused child receives help, greater the likelihood that the child will grow up to be a healthy, confident, productive adult. The child advocacy model is designed to give an abused child the best chance to heal and recover.
A forensic medical evaluation is an important part of promoting healing and helps to reassure victims and parents about the child’s physical well-being. In order to provide on-site medical evaluations, Foothills launched the Child Victim's Health Access Program in April 2018.
Provide public education and training.
Foothills works to educate caregivers and organizations about child abuse and its prevention. Follow this link to learn more.
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Foothills Child Advocacy Center
1106 E. High Street, Suite 100
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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