FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center Becomes A Reality
Great Bend, KS 6/20/2012 — The Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center began as a dream and today became a reality. Representatives from law enforcement, prosecutors, child welfare, medical, and mental health services came together to sign the Interagency Agreement showing their support and pledge to support the multidisciplinary child advocacy center model and to incorporate its protocol into their own practices and policies.
“The purpose of a Child Advocacy Center is to provide a single forensic interview in a safe, child-friendly atmosphere and while giving non-offending family members support throughout the process and beyond.” said Laura Patzner, executive director of Family Crisis Center, Inc. “ I am so grateful for the group that came together with the same vision of helping children and families.”
The Child Advocacy Center will work to meet the goals of the children’s advocacy model to ensure;
- More efficient medical and mental health services
- Reduction in the number of child victim interviews
- Increased successful prosecution to hold offenders accountable
- Consistent support for child victims and non-offending family members.
The next step for the Child Advocacy Center is to equip the interview rooms and train multidisciplinary team members.
"The Child Advocacy Center is named In memory of my mom, Dell Hayden. She was the first Director of the Family Crisis Center and a champion of children. This CAC will stand as a testament to her passion."
The Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Family Crisis Center, Inc., a private non-profit organization providing advocacy and service to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
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