MONTGOMERY, AL – Child Protect, Children’s Advocacy Center has kicked off a Building Campaign, led by co-chairs Anita Carter and Kate Vance, inviting the public to “Share Our Vision”. On Thursday, November 10th, the staff and board of Child Protect held a kickoff event located on the site of the future building addition. The campaign goal of $598,000 was unveiled and guests previewed renderings and sketches of the floor plan, generously donated by Warren Marshall of Marshall Design-Build LLC and Edward M. Brummal, Jr of PWBA Architects. Guests also enjoyed delicious food provided by Debbie Kemsel Catering while watching Child Protect’s campaign video, courtesy of WSFA.
Child Protect was established to assist the Department of Human Resources and Law Enforcement in their investigation of child sexual abuse and child physical abuse. Child Protect provides an environment that is conducive to children, not only lessening the trauma to the child but making a stronger case for investigators and prosecutors. Child Protect provides a forensic interview, counseling and family advocacy to children where there has been a report of alleged abused after a referral from the Department of Human Resources and/or law enforcement.
Child Protect’s proposed addition includes six offices for multidisciplinary team use, a high-tech conference room with a capacity to hold fifty people, a kitchen to service that conference room and host “kitchen counseling” sessions, a playground, and more storage area. Also included is an addition of a shower into the current occupied space.
This building campaign seeks donors and advocates to partner with them in ensuring that the needs of child abuse victims and their families are met, as well as educating the community on warning signs to break the cycle of abuse in Montgomery.
Bryan Goza, an Investigator with Montgomery Police Department, feels that the addition would be beneficial for members of the multidisciplinary team. “An office for MPD at Child Protect would aid in protecting the integrity of the investigations, because there would be no opportunities for victims/caregivers to speak to anyone not involved. There would also be less of a shuffle involved because we can do a lot more under one roof.” One major priority of board and staff is the shower. “There are times when we have children come to us severely neglected having not bathed in days or maybe have just witnessed a shooting and are still covered in evidence. The addition of a shower would allow us to help them feel better by simply taking care of their basic needs. Getting victims clean would be a jump-start to their healing process.”
As of November 29, thanks to Jeanne Drummond and her commitment for the naming of our building, along with other pledges from individuals, nearly 54% of the fundraising goal has been met.
For more information on Child Protect’s Building Campaign you may visit their website at www.childprotect.org, Facebook page, or contact Executive Director, Jannah Bailey, at 334.262.1220.
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