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To provide and coordinate comprehensive intervention, stabilization, advocacy, and prevention in the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children.
Child Enrichment has helped over 13,000 children since 1978, and the number of children needing our help continues to grow. During the last fiscal year, Child Enrichment provided counseling, court advocacy, and or forensic interviewing to 827 children. It is the mission of Child Enrichment to provide and coordinate comprehensive intervention, stabilization, advocacy and prevention in the best interests of abused, abandoned and neglected children. These goals are accomplished through Child Enrichment's programs: the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs. □ The Child Advocacy Center coordinates the multi-disciplinary team of professionals from this region who work to protect children, or who prosecute the perpetrators who victimize them. The Child Advocacy Center keeps the focus on the child, and works to ensure that the systems designed to protect them are able to do so effectively. The Child Advocacy Center provides all of the forensic interviews for children alleged to have been sexually or severely physically abused in our region. In addition, our Forensic Interviewers offer expert testimony in court proceedings. The Child Advocacy Center has therapeutic professionals who provide individual and group counseling to abuse victims, their siblings and non-offending caregivers. The staff also coordinates medical and counseling referrals, and work very closely with law enforcement, Department of Family and Children Services, GBI, FBI, Mental Health, local hospitals, Rape Crisis and the District Attorney's Office. □ The CASA Program recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system and in juvenile court proceedings. The CASA program works with children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. CASA works to find safe, permanent homes for these children as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers receive specialized training to learn the skills necessary to advocate for children in juvenile court proceedings and assist in determining temporary and permanent placement for children who have been deemed "deprived" by the Juvenile Court. Our organization is strongly promoting the idea that children are not capable of protecting themselves, and that it is every adult's responsibility to help protect all children. In addition, Child Enrichment has developed a prevention education program and we enlist help from the community through our volunteer program.
All of Child Enrichment's services are free of charge to the child victims and their family. Child Enrichment's specialized, child-friendly, non-threatening environment is critical for children to be able to openly talk about their abuse, cope with the effects, and to begin the healing. Today, Child Enrichment has over 225 children in the community who are represented through the CASA Program and dozens of children receiving therapy or court preparation assistance.
- April Zahner
- (706) 737-4631
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