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Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center

Bobby Rich

Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center


Our Community Partner this month is the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center

The Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center is a safe and child-sensitive place where child victims of abuse undergo the initial steps of an investigation and begin to heal. Approximately 1000 children from throughout southern Arizona come to the Center each year. These children have suffered sexual molestation, physical assault, or extreme neglect. They tell their story of abuse to specially trained Forensic Interviewers in a comfortable setting, and they receive medical attention by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The heart of the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center is the multidisciplinary team. The team includes representation from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecuting attorneys, medical and mental health, and education. The team combines expertise and professional knowledge for a more complete understanding of case issues and a more supportive response to the child victim and family.

In a child-sensitive environment, the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center provides an array of investigative and advocacy services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members. Expert medical evaluations, videotaped forensic interviews, crisis intervention and case coordination with Law enforcement and Child Protective Services are all provided in one place. Children who cannot return to their family home receive clothing, books, a blanket and teddy bear to take to temporary foster care. They are fed at the Center if they are hungry, and they are comforted and cared for by trained staff and volunteers.

For more information visit the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center online at soazadvocacy.org.


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