By Donna Summerall
Where can children turn when they have suffered abuse? How can they begin to deal with the emotional, physical and legal repercussions of their traumatic experience? In Mississippi, these children can turn to local Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) which operate under the umbrella of Children’s Advocacy Center of Mississippi (CACM). Sally Kate Winters Family Services is a licensed CAC and offers therapeutic care for victimized children.
Sally Kate Winters Family Services will be hosting an open house at 10 a.m. Friday and inviting members from law enforcement, social services, medical professionals and the community to its CAC office on North Division Street to give insight and share goals for the new program.
“As a Child Advocacy Center, we at Sally Kate Winters have combined a multidisciplinary team made up of trained professionals whose primary goal is to reduce the burden on children, who have been victims of child abuse,” said Mary Neal, children’s advocacy center coordinator and forensic interviewer. “We want to help them process what they are feeling and help them recover. We are able to offer a home-like, child friendly setting in which a child can feel safe telling what has happened. They only need to relate the experience one time, in one place, rather than recount the experience time and time again, being shuttled between doctors, police, counselors and child advocates.”
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