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Hinton Child Advocacy Center to hold open house

Hinton, WV The REACHH/Summers County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is preparing to host local and state officials at their upcoming Come 2 C Your CAC open house event scheduled for October 29, 2014.  Open House guests will be able to tour REACHH/Summers County CAC's facility where comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to child victims of abuse are provided.  “We are eager to meet with our elected officials to talk with them firsthand about the benefits that a Child Advocacy Center brings to a community,” says Lynda Lancaster, CAC Director, “We hope to have a good representation of both local officials and state legislators at our event.”     

“It takes tremendous courage for a child to tell someone they are being abused,” says Beth Sizemore, REACHH Executive Director. “Historically, all of the services involved in protecting and serving children who have been abused were designed for and by adults.  Not to diminish the role of the other players, but a CAC plays a unique role in the treatment and investigation into child abuse.  CAC's are child friendly centers created with the sole purpose of providing a safe place for children to tell their stories, feel protected and begin to heal.  Our Open House will provide a chance for local officials to understand what benefit REACHH/Summers County CAC brings to Summers County”.

Child Advocacy Centers are designed to provide a safe, child friendly location for child victims. The center is a community organization dedicated to helping the children of a community who have been victims of abuse crimes. The CAC also supports the work of the county investigative team as they investigate criminal cases with child victims.

The REACHH/Summers County Child Advocacy Center is one of only 20 CACs in the state of West Virginia and one of the 17 in WV that has received full accreditation from the National Children's Alliance. The chief child therapist at REACHH is certified in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy.  This is CRITICAL in helping children who have been abused, neglected or suffered other childhood trauma.  The REACHH/Summers County CAC provides services that include forensic interviews, trauma focused therapy, victim and family advocacy, investigative teams, special medical care, help with West Virginia crime victim compensation fund, crisis support, and public education and programs.

The Come 2 C Your CAC open house event will provide elected officials a unique understanding of the many ways that REACHH/Summers County CAC helps hurting kids in Summers County.  For more information regarding this event, please contact Lynda Lancaster or Beth Sizemore at 304.466.2226 or email at Lynda.b.lancaster@gmail.com.

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