GFNF4kids is creating the first Child Advocacy Center (CAC) on the Treasure Coast to serve maltreated children from St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. The function of which is to provide all services needed for the child in one location - everything from the initial forensic interview, physical exam, mental health resources to much more. This Judicial Circuit is the only circuit in Florida without an advocacy center for abused and neglected children.
Currently, a child may visit eight or more locations to tell their story and to receive needed resources. Thus, we are retraumatizing the child at every step of this journey. In just one year, within our circuit, there were almost 3,000 allegations of maltreatment and an average of 35 children removed from their homes monthly due to maltreatment.
We owe it to maltreated children in our community to provide them with all the resources needed to improve mental health outcomes and put their lives on a better trajectory.
If everyone I am connected with on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Constant Contact donated $169 the Child Advocacy Center would be paid for.