Georgia Center for Child Advocacy – Statewide Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative Regional Expansion ($20,000)
The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA) provides services to child victims of severe physical abuse or sexual abuse, and for children traumatized by witnessing violence. The GCCA collaborates with medical staff, police, prosecutors, and therapists to aid in criminal investigations while also providing trauma-focused therapy to the children and their non-offending family members. The Statewide Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative provides sexual abuse prevention training to adults through the Stewards of Children program. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to train a large percentage of the adult population in order to keep children safe. HFC funds will support a Regional Coordinator in Georgia to coordinate and conduct training sessions.
SafePath Children's Advocacy Center (CAC), Inc. – Intervention Support Services ($20,000)
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center is a collaborative effort between therapists, medical staff, police, and prosecutors (the multi-disciplinary team) to serve child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation along with their non-offending caregivers. The Intervention Support Services program provides direct services, such as medical evaluations, forensic interviews, counseling, and expert court testimony, for abused and violence exposed children. The primary goal is to reduce trauma and increase well-being. HFC funds will support the Child and Family Aide.
Voice Today, Inc. – Prevention and Healing Resources Phase II ($25,000)
Voice Today is a nonprofit organization that provides child sexual abuse awareness, prevention, and healing programs. The Prevention and Healing Resources Phase II program will expand three key workbook resources: “Grant Finds His Voice,” a tool for adults to use when teaching children about personal boundaries; “Splinters of Shame,” which addresses the shame based self-image embraced by many survivors of child sex abuse; and “Counseling a Survivor,” which teaches professionals how to better serve child sexual abuse survivors. The workbooks will be used to increase awareness of child sexual abuse with the goal of promoting healing for abuse survivors. HFC funds will support the content expansion, illustration, and publication of the workbooks.
North Carolina and Tennessee Organizations
Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) – Dove House CAC ($5,000)
Dove House CAC is a child-friendly facility that supports the investigation, prosecution and therapy of reported child sexual assault cases. The CAC houses a multi-disciplinary team of prosecutors, police, medical staff, and therapists that provide services such as forensic interviews, medical examinations, and mental health counseling. The primary goal of the CAC is to minimize the trauma of abuse for children and their non-offending caregivers. HFC funds will support the CAC’s operations and research for a new method of testing for sexually transmitted infections called Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATS).
Martha O'Bryan Center – Tied Together Parenting Initiative ($5,000)
The Martha O’Bryan Center is a family and community resource center based in one of Nashville’s oldest, largest, and poorest housing developments. The Tied Together Parenting Initiative is a parent education program designed to build on the strengths of vulnerable young families. The primary goal of the program is to prevent child abuse by educating parents to protect and nurture their children. HFC funds will be used to purchase essential educational, medical, safety, and nutritional items for at-risk families.