It is hard to believe that the Advocacy Center has been in operation for twenty-two years. The Board of Directors actually formed in October 1991 to begin the process of fulfilling requirements to become an official Advocacy Center. In July of 1992 the Board leased the house located at 104 Alabama Avenue, NW, in Fort Payne. Civic groups took on each of the rooms to paint and furnish. The community was involved from the beginning. I was hired as Director in January 1993 and we opened our doors to serve children and families.
Over the years, we added programs and staff. We provide Forensic Interviews; Therapy for abuse victims and at-risk students in DeKalb County Schools; a Family Advocate to support the non-offending caregiver in the abuse cases; Family Violence (child abuse) prevention programs for second and fifth grade classes; Bullying and Cyber-bullying presentations for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes; Dating Violence prevention presentations for high school students; and Parent Education.
We moved into the old Forest Avenue School Kindergarten Building on August 30, 2012. Not only did we increase our office space, we also increased our parking capacity. We did not realize how badly we needed the new parking lot! We are very appreciative of the City of Fort Payne for providing the facility and a long term lease.
I have learned a lot as an Executive Director of a non-profit social service agency over the last twenty plus years. God has been good.
There was a need for an Advocacy Center in 1993. The need for our services is even greater today. Thank you for your support of the Children’s Advocacy Center. The children needed us yesterday and today, and will need us tomorrow. The same is with you. We needed you to help us establish a Center. You have helped us all along the way and we will need you to help us serve tomorrow’s children as well.
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