Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center seeks to create a community where children are safe, families are strengthened and victims are healed. According to the 2012 Kids Count Data Report, Coffee County was tied for seventh for the worst percentage rate of children being reported abused per capita in the State of Tennessee. However, we are working everyday to make sure that the needs of the children and their non-offending caregivers are met to help them heal.
Of the children who received services in 2015 at our Center,
79.3% of the children we served were alleged victims of sex abuse, 6.2% drug
endangered, 7.4% severely physically abused, and 7.1% received services due to
other severe abuse allegations such as severe neglect, psychological harm,
medical neglect, etc… 57% of the children served were six years old or younger,
28% were between the ages of seven and twelve, and 15% of the children were
between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. 59% of the children served were females and 41% were males.
In addition to our on-site services, we continue to maintain
a strong presence in our community. We conduct child abuse prevention programs
in all of our local elementary schools using Yello Dyno, an evidence informed
child abuse prevention program that is age appropriate. We reached 1,950
children with this program last year. Additionally, we provided prevention
programs for over 400 adults in the community.
In the coming year, we are looking to strengthen our Board of Directors, develop a better and stronger strategic plan that helps us address issues such as sustainability and diversified funding. We would eventually like to pay off our facility, so, that all money raised can be used to provide direct services and cover the operating costs of the Center. The demand for services continues to rise annually and we need to make sure that we are able to sustain the programs we have for children in our community.
Since we opened our doors in 2005, we have had more and more children and their families come to the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center each month. Because we are a small Center in a small community, our resources for these children and the non-offending caregivers are often limited. Despite that, we were finally able to expand our services to become a full service children’s advocacy center by opening a satellite clinic of Our Kids and increasing access to specialized medical exams for child victims of abuse in 2011.
We have come a long way over the past ten years, but we still are not done. If you are familiar with the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center, you will remember when we started with just an executive director and served only as a child friendly place where forensic interviews of children could take place. Well, now, we not only serve as the place for forensic interviews, but we provide the trained personnel to conduct the interviews as well. This takes the responsibility off of the Department of Children’s Services or law enforcement and allows for someone who is specialized in “talking to kids” to do the interview. Furthermore, we have a Child and Family Advocate who works with the child and non-offending caregiver/family to assess any needs that they may have and help them identify resources to meet those needs. We provide evidence based prevention programs in the schools and employ a Prevention Coordinator to implement this program as well as a program for adults on child sexual abuse. Additionally, the CCCAC also provides trauma focused therapy to children who have been victims of abuse. The Our Kids satellite medical clinic set up in 2011 essentially made us a full service advocacy center and was the final piece in our puzzle to make us eligible for accreditation by the National Children's Alliance. We achieved that goal in 2012 when the CCCAC received full acceditation by the National Children's Alliance which signified that we are providing the best evidenced based care possible for children who are victims of abuse.
Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center facilitates and coordinates the Child Protective Investigative Team inCoffeeCounty. As part of this program, the CAC is responsible for coordinating the sharing of information between team members as much as possible. A coordinated response to child abuse cases not only reduces the trauma on the child and family during the investigation, but also serves to provide more efficient referrals for mental health and medical treatment if needed.
The Child and Family Advocate works primarily with the children and families in crisis that we serve at the CAC. She is responsible for conducting a needs assessment with the family and creating an action plan if needed. The Child and Family Advocate assesses each family that requests services to determine if there is a problem with drugs or alcohol in the home and will provide resources or education as needed. The Child and Family Advocate is also responsible for facilitating the sharing of information among members of the Child Protective Investigative Team to ensure that the child and non-offending family’s needs are being met. The Child and Family Advocate regularly makes referrals for services for the families and children and will assist them as needed in making appointments and may assist them in applying for Victim’s Compensation funds.
Over the past few years, the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center has continued to grow and evolve. We are proud that we now have four full time staff members. We offer full time forensic interview services, family advocacy services and prevention programs. Additionally, through a partnership with Our Kids, medical exams are now made available to children who are victims of sexual abuse on site. Furthermore, thanks to generous grant support from Baptist Healing Trust, we have been able to offer trauma focused therapy services for child victims. This means that children receive more tools to help them truly begin the healing process.
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In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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