Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center has announced an initiative that will improve every aspect of child abuse treatment while doubling the number of children it can serve to help them heal from the effects of abuse. Advancements in both capacity and operations will be made possible by Above and Beyond: The Campaign to Help Children Soar. The $5 million campaign was recently publicly announced with $4 million already pledged.
Plans for the Center’s expansion come after extensive strategic analysis by the organization’s leadership. Research indicates that in areas east of the Cooper River, the Center serves only an estimated 36 percent of children suffering from abuse. On Daniel Island and in Cainhoy, only 21 percent are served.
Increased capacity will also keep pace with Lowcountry growth. Today, nearly 6,000 children in Charleston and Berkeley Counties are abused each year, a number that is expected to double over the next 20 years as our population grows. The Center’s capacity for forensic interviews—the starting point for healing—is currently only 1,560 children annually.
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Each day our staff and partners leave their families to respond to another’s family crisis. During this pandemic, or any other crisis, that will not change.
We continue to see high priority cases for forensic interviews and have not yet seen a reduction in the volume of those cases.
Our individual, evidence-based mental health services and our family advocacy services will be offered through Telehealth solutions.