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Children's Advocacy Programs of the Blue Ridge, Inc. - Southern VA Child Advocacy Center

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of children through treatment, advocacy, prevention, and education. The Southern VA Child Advocacy Center hosts space for all the agency's’ service programs, as well as, a child friendly atmosphere for our multidisciplinary response to child abuse and neglect. The center offers the benefit of immediate follow-up on child abuse reports, better coordination of medical and mental health referrals, fewer child victim interviews, increased successful prosecution and a consistent continuum of support services to victims and their non-offending family members. Services are comprehensive and community oriented.

 

The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases. The agency provides

videotaped interviews of child abuse victims in safe, child-friendly surroundings, avoiding multiple interviews, reducing the trauma of disclosure, and preserving statements for court purposes. Victim advocacy and emotional support for victims and non-offending family members are offered, as well as, access and assistance with filing criminal injuries compensation filings. The center offers mental health assessment and treatment services, offered on-site or through referral, to help child victims begin the healing process. Forensic medical exams, are offered on-site or through referral, utilizing specialized equipment necessary for accurate diagnoses. Interdisciplinary review of cases by teams of professionals, including law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical mental health, victim assistance, and child advocacy are held monthly.In addition to victim services we are also actively engaged in the development of prevention teams, comprised of experts from throughout the community, working together to stop the cycle of abuse and violence through outreach and educational programming.


CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates (Franklin County & Pittsylvania County)
CASA provides advocacy services for abused and neglected children who are involved in judicial proceedings. CASA volunteers investigate cases, submit reports to the court addressing issues of safety, individual and family needs, and permanency, assist Guardians ad litem, and monitor cases for compliance with court orders. CASA's goal is to ensure that every abused and neglected child is appointed a skilled and committed CASA volunteer who will advocate for their best interest during these proceedings.


CART: Child Abuse Review Teams (Franklin County, Henry County, Martinsville, & Patrick County)
The Southern VA Child Advocacy Center serves as Resource Office for the team and coordinates the implementation of this comprehensive multidisciplinary response to child abuse. The Resource Office's primary goal is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the community based team by strengthening our commitment to victims through providing coordinated services including joint investigations, case management, prosecution efforts, advocacy, medical and clinical treatment and educational programs. The team's response is multifaceted and services are provided to ensure a timely, thorough response to each victim's needs.


Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children
D2L - Stewards of Children introduces a curriculum that educates the community about child sexual abuse and surrounding issues, increases the identification of child abuse, child neglect, and child sexual abuse, and teaches community members how to report concerns of abuse and neglect. Skills developed in the D2L - Stewards of Children empower community members to share in the protection of children by effectively identifying, responding to and reporting child abuse.

 

The need for our services grows exponentially each year.  It takes a great deal of capital, both financial and human, to continue to serve all the children and families that need us.  There are many ways you can help us help those who cannot help themselves.  The Southern VA Child Advocacy Center depends heavily on volunteers to provide services to the children and families of the community. Individuals and couples are encouraged to consider one of the many opportunities available within the organization. Extensive training and support are provided. Internships are also available for local college students. For additional information, contact the Director of Volunteer Services at 484-5566