Children’s Advocacy Center

June 20th, 2011

6-20-11 AFunding cuts should never happen to a business, whose business it is to protect children who are abused. This unfortunately is the case for many Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the one I visited today; Child Safe. I had the opportunity to talk with Kelly Bober, Executive Director of Child Safe, in Winchester, Virginia today.
This center, where a child can feel comfortable and come to volunteer, without prompting, what has happened to them, is an essential piece in removing the perpetrator from the child’s life. Many details have to be integrated into a facility like this to make it child-friendly, but not too make-believe, as an attorney can use that as a defense in saying the entire story the child has told is make-believe. This entire facility is state-of-the-art, with remote cameras, one-way mirrored windows, interview room and a viewing room where a team of professionals can view the interview as the child volunteers, by speaking and sometimes showing, what has happened. It’s so good to know that people like Kelly and the rest of her dedicated, professional staff have such passion in protecting the lives of children.
Today we made our way into West Virginia, a little behind schedule, but caught up on the mile total.

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