Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center
104 N. Spring Street
Manchester TN 37355
Mission Statement
Our mission is to serve children who are victims of severe abuse through prevention, instruction and intervention.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joyce Prusak
Board Chair Mrs. Ivy Petty
Board Chair Company Affiliation SHE Home Improvement
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $285,498.00
Projected Annual Revenue $285,498.00 (2018)
Mission Our mission is to serve children who are victims of severe abuse through prevention, instruction and intervention.
Background Coffee County, situated in the South Central region of the state is home to approximately 50,000 Tennesseans. Manchester and Tullahoma are the two largest towns in the county. Forty-seven percent of the population lives in a rural or isolated setting. Less than seven percent of the populations are comprised of people of color, twenty-two percent have a disability and fourteen percent are senior citizens. In 2005, an organization called the Coffee County Church Women United recognized the need to consolidate the efforts of various agencies that provide assistance to children and families who are victims of child abuse. Thus, the idea to create a Child Advocacy center for Coffee County was born. The Coffee County Church Women United held an organizational meeting attended by representatives of the Manchester and Tullahoma Police Departments, the Sheriff of Coffee County, a representative of the Prosecutor’s Office, a representative for the Department of Children’s Services, the Family Resource Directors of Manchester and Coffee County Schools, a medical doctor, a counselor from Centerstone Mental Health Center, as well as other interested citizens. All attendees agreed on the need for a consolidation of services and a local Child Advocacy Center. A protocol was developed and an interagency agreement was signed by the District Attorney, Manchester and Tullahoma Police Chiefs, Coffee County Sheriff, Regional Administrator for South Central Regional Department of Children’s Services, Regional Director of Centerstone Mental Health Services, and the President of the Coffee County Church Women United. A board of directors was selected and The Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. was established in November 2004 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The City of Tullahoma originally provided a temporary home for the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center at no charge, but since then, the Center has relocated to Manchester to be closer to law enforcement, the court system, and the District Attorney's office. The Coffee County Children’s Advocacy center employs a full time executive director, forensic interviewer, family advocate and prevention coordinator.  We rely on the generous support of our community in addition to grants from the State of Tennessee and various foundations.

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.

Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center is a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center and has been providing services since the summer of 2005.  In 2015, the Coffee County CAC celebrated ten years of helping children in Coffee County.  In that time, over 3,050 children have been helped.  
In 2015, 296 children in total received direct intervention services from the CCCAC. 146 of the children served were forensically interviewed at the CCCAC, 27 children received trauma focused mental health therapy at the CCCAC, and 57 children received specialized medical exams at the CCCAC. Furthermore, 151 children received criminal justice support and advocacy. Crisis counseling was provided to 132 and personal advocacy was provided to 300 children and/or non-offending caregivers. All services were provided to the children and families free of charge.  

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.   

Needs 1. Additional funding for services for the child victims and the non-offending caregiver(s) especially for mental health services. 2. Funding for prevention education in our schools and community. 3. Training opportunities and funding for training for our Child Protective Investigative Team 4. A capital campaign to pay off our facility, so, all resources can be dedicated to serving children and families that are in need of our programs. 5. Assistance in identifying groups and organizations to take part in our prevention programs.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Checks can be mailed to:
Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center
104 N. Spring Street
Manchester, TN 37355
Also, in-kind donations of items that can be used at the Center such as drink boxes for children, individually wrapped snacks, paper towels, toilet paper, etc... can be dropped off at :
104 N. Spring Street
Manchester, TN  37355
Due to confidentiality issues, we limit the number of volunteers on site at the Center.  However, volunteers are always needed to help with our special events and fundraisers.  Please feel free to email us or call us if you are interested in volunteering for one of our events. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Secondary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Coffee
Manchester, Tullahoma, Beech Grove, Hillsboro.  We also do courtesy interviews for children in other counties when requested by the Department of Children's Services or law enforcement especially for Franklin and Grundy counties as they do not have access to a Child Advocacy Center. Additionally, the Our Kids satellite clinic is available to serve children in Coffee, Warren, Franklin, Grundy, Bedford, Moore and Lincoln counties as needed.
Board Chair Statement

 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. 

The vision of the ladies who started the Center was to have a facility where a child who was abused could receive all the services he/she needed. This included forensic interviews, medical exams and mental health services.  We are proud to have made that vision a reality, but have not lost sight of the fact that there is so much more that could be done to help the children in our community. The more help we can provide the children, the stronger and healthier our community will be in the future..


CEO Statement

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.

We are so proud to be able to offer the programs that we do, but all of these programs and services wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many. Since joining the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center in March of 2007, I have been amazed at both the amount of support from the community and the desperate need of many of the children in Coffee County who have been victims of abuse or neglect. Every dollar donated to the Center helps us make sure that our doors are open to those who need us most.
“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Description Provide a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting for children to be interviewed regarding severe abuse.  A full-time trained forensic interviewer is on staff to conduct the interviews of child victims.  These interviews are conducted in a manner that is non-leading and defensible in court.  Interviews are watched live by law enforcement and the Department of Children's Services.  This helps reduce the trauma on the child from keeping the child from having to tell his/her story multiple times to multiple people.
Budget 35000
Population Served , ,
Long term Success By having a full time Forensic Interview at our Center, our goal is to long term reduce the trauma of a child abuse disclosure on a child and his/her non-offending family.  Our safe, neutral facility offers a location to be interviewed other than the school principal's office or the local police department.  This is where interviews were often conducted prior to Child Advocacy Centers.  That often made children believe they were in trouble and often fearful to tell what had happened to them.  Our Forensic Interviewer is trained to talk to children and to get the story from the child in his or her own words.  This interview is recorded and then can be used throughout the investigation.  A few years back, the State of Tennessee ruled that these interviews could be admissible in criminal court, so, the hope is that the interviews will help in prosecutions.  

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.


Population Served , ,

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. 


Budget 35000
Population Served , Adults,
Description The goal of our prevention program is to provide children with the tools necessary for them to understand what are appropriate and inappropriate touches and how to say "no." It is our goal to provide this program in elementary schools across the county as well as day care centers and preschools.   The program we are using teaches children about "tricky people."  The lesson is that it is not who the person is that you need to worry about, but what the person asks you to do and that even someone you know well can be a "tricky person" if he/she asks you to do something that makes you uncomfortable.  This is an important lesson because we know it is more often than not someone the child knows who hurts him/her.
Budget 22500
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Short Term Success 99% of the children who participated in the Yello Dyno, school based prevention program, showed a retention of the material.  This means they were able to identify someone who might mean them harm, know who to go to for help, and what to do if they feel if they are being asked to do something they are not comfortable with at the time.  
Long term Success Ultimately, our goal would be to reduce the number of children abused in our county. However, we have found the more successful we are in educating both children and adults on abuse, more cases are reported.  So, we are thankful that more children and families are getting the help that they need, but at the same time experience some disappointment when abuse numbers remain high.   Child abuse is something that will never end, but helping children and the community understand that there are resources available that can help us break the cycle of abuse are critical to having a stronger and healthier community as a whole.
Program Success Monitored By To measure the retention of material for our child abuse prevention program, Yello Dyno, pre and post tests are administered to the children.  Additionally, pre and post tests are used for the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children program.  These results allow us to measure the success of the program in delivering the lessons.  Long term successes are hard to measure as we hope there would eventually be a decrease in child abuse cases.  However, at the same time, the more education and awareness that is done, often times, you will see more reports of abuse because people know who to call, who can help, etc... 
CEO Comments
Since we opened our doors in June of 2005, we have seen an ongoing and increasing demand for the services provided at the Center.  I am proud of the work that has been and the community support that we have received. Child abuse is a community problem and it is only through community support and working together that we can truly make a difference!
Often times, our biggest challenges are funding and seeing institutional change that will allow children to grow up in healthy environments free from the threat of abuse and neglect.  As a Center, we are working everyday to help people understand the long term costs to a child, family and community as a whole when a child has been abused.  Making an investment in a child early on is so important and having people understand that continues to be an ongoing challenge. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Ivy Petty
Company Affiliation SHE Home Improvement
Term Aug 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
Ms. Beth Allen retiredVoting
Mrs. Bethany Arnold EXIT RealtyVoting
Ms. Barbara Arp Former Coffee County TrusteeVoting
Mr. Ray Burns United Regional Medical CenterVoting
Mr Rob Clutter Thunder RadioVoting
Mrs. Vanessa Fults Voting
Ms. Margaret Henderson RNRegistered NurseVoting
Mrs. Lauren Jernigan Coffee County SchoolsVoting
Ms. Ivy Petty Fantasy 101.5 RadioVoting
Mrs. Tracey Weibert US Bankruptcy TrusteeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 55%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Strategic Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Directors & Officers Policy
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments

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 The 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. 

Everyone involved with the Center is thankful for the support received from the community.  If it weren't for the donors, volunteers, Board Members, etc... we wouldn't have had the success we have had in recent years.  This success has allowed us to meet the growing needs of the children of our community.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Joyce Prusak
Term Start Mar 2007
Voting Project Manager/Public Policy Analyst/Media Coordinator- Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee
Director of TN Events (fundraising)- Bob Clement for U.S. Senate
Surrogate Scheduling Coordinator- Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign
Deputy to the Executive Director- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Former CEOs
Mr. Mike Lewis June 2005 - Nov 2006
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? June 2011
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Manchester Chamber of Commerce2007
Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce2007
Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers2005
National Children's Alliance - Full Member2012
Volunteer AwardHead Start2007
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
CEO Comments
Child abuse is a grown up problem and a serious problem in our small community.  Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center offers free trainings for professionals and community members on spotting the signs of abuse and reporting abuse.  Additionally, we provide child abuse prevention education in the three local school systems.  This prevention program is aimed at breaking the cycle of abuse that we see daily. 
All of the programs that we provide at the Center and in the community are provided free of charge. We currently provide forensic interviews of children, family and victim advocacy services, and mental health services in addition to the prevention program.  In June 2011, we became a satellite clinic of Our Kids.  This allows children in our county and surrounding counties who have been sexually abused to receive medical exams locally as opposed to having to travel to Nashville for these specialized services. 
We rely primarily on state grants, private foundations and community support.  The support of the community is critical as we try to meet the needs of the children and families that we serve.
 In 2012, the CCCAC achieved a major milestone and became officially accredited through the National Children's Alliance.  After completing an extensive application process and going through a site review, the CCCAC was notified in November of 2012 that we met or exceeded all the standards set forth by the National Children's Alliance for providing services to children who are victims of abuse. The Center has reapplied for accreditation earlier in 2017 and will be having a site visit from the National Children's Alliance later this year.  
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $285,498.00
Projected Expenses $285,498.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$196,740$193,079$188,266
Administration Expense$40,983$47,321$46,409
Fundraising Expense$20,266$22,534$24,603
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.970.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%73%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%9%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$276,953$269,693$270,200
Current Assets$79,470$64,822$69,784
Long-Term Liabilities$146,251$111,112$118,619
Current Liabilities$43,375$43,498$27,471
Total Net Assets$130,702$115,083$124,110
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.831.492.54
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets53%41%44%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $228,374Foundations and Corporations $134,000Grants $132,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $44,667Contributions, Gifts and Grants $76,875Contributions $80,601
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $360Fundraising Events $42,389Fundraising Events $37,272
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Organization Comments
The Children's Advocacy Center is in the process of working with the Center for Non-Profit Management to strengthen our Board of Directors, develop a better strategic plan to address such issues as sustainability and strengthen our funding base.  A number of new fundraiser ideas are also being pursued in an effort to raise more money for the services the Center provides.  The cost of our building and insurance still are the biggest expenses outside of salaries, but salaries are mostly covered by grant funds.  It is general operating expenses that additional funds need to be identified for as we move forward. Financial Comments
In addition to 501(c)3 Letter of Determination, please see Coffee County CAC's Advance Ruling Letter (on the Other Documents page).
Financial data taken from Audited Financial Statements.
Financials completed by Edmondson, Betzler & Dame, PLLC.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 11/17/2017.
Nonprofit Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center
Address 104 N. Spring Street
Manchester, TN 37355
Primary Phone (931) 723-8888
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joyce Prusak
Board Chair Mrs. Ivy Petty
Board Chair Company Affiliation SHE Home Improvement
Year of Incorporation 2004

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