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Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center Earns Accreditation from National Children’s Alliance

National Children’s Advocacy Center recognizes Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation

Manchester, TN- Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with the National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center has been serving victims of severe child abuse in Coffee County since 2005. The Center has served over 2,100 children during this time through direct services including forensic interviews, child and family advocacy services, therapy services, specialized medical exams performed by Our Kids, and other crisis intervention services. Additionally, the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center has reached over 9,000 children through child abuse prevention programs in the local schools and over 2,000 adults through community education efforts. All services are provided free of charge and as an Accredited Member of the National Children’s Alliance, Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

“As an organization that is part of a team of individuals, the Child Protective Investigative Team, we are dedicated to responding to child abuse and we recognize the importance of accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance. We truly support the team approach to responding to allegations of child abuse. The team in Coffee County which includes representatives from the District Attorney’s Office for the 14th Judicial District, Department of Children’s Services, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Centerstone, Manchester Police Department, Our Kids and the Tullahoma Police Department along with the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center is truly dedicated to the team approach and recognizes that working as a team provides consistency and efficiency,” said Joyce Prusak, Executive Director of Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center.

“Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse. As the national accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.

CCCAC receives Baptist Healing Trust Grant - August 2012

Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center received a grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which recently awarded funds totaling almost $2 million to 50 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects, according to President & CEO Cathy Self. The Baptist Healing Trust fosters access to compassionate healthcare in Middle Tennessee through its grant making and programs.

The Children’s Advocacy Center grant was for $15,000 and will be used to provide trauma focused therapy for children who are victims of sexual abuse.

Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from all over Middle Tennessee working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable. This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $57 million since 2002. The Baptist Healing Trust was created when Baptist Hospital in Nashville sold to St. Thomas Health Services, a ministry of Ascension Health in St. Louis, Missouri.

Our Kids Satellite Clinic Opens in Coffee County

On Wednesday, June 15, the Our Kids Satellite Clinic in Coffee County officially opened. The clinic will operate on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and will be open to serve children from Coffee, Bedford, Franklin, Grundy, Warren and Moore counties. This marks the first time that specialty exams for children who are victims of childhood sexual abuse will be available locally. Families will no longer have to travel to Nashville or Chattanooga for the specialty exams unless it is an emergency situation.

To report abuse, please call the TN reporting hotline at 1-877-237-0004.