The North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center assisted the Trenton Downtown Improvement Association in their annual Chili Cook-off. A portion of the proceeds from this event went to the Advocacy Center in support of their efforts of serving abused children. A total of $401.56 will go to the Center for continued service to children. Thanks to all who participated because it certainly was fun!
Several staff members of the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center attended the 2012 Leadership Conference June 3-6, in Washington, D.C., hosted by the National Children’s Alliance. Verna Kelsey and Kimberly Grebner traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive training and education on up-to-date topics concerning Child Advocacy Centers and center based services. They were also able to meet with various members of Congress to discuss Child Advocacy Center issues. Ms. Kelsey is the Executive Director of the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center, located in Trenton, MO., and Ms. Grebner is a Sergeant with the Hamilton Police Department. Both are trained forensic interviewers.
A children’s advocacy center is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, child advocacy, work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.
The National Children’s Alliance is a professional membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first. They provide training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.
The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center received a $2,500 donation from the Union Pacific Foundation to assist in the provision of forensic interviews and advocacy to children reported to have been abused in the north central Missouri area. The Union Pacific Foundation is a long standing supporter of the Children’s Advocacy Center. If you would like to become a supporter or sponsor for the Children’s Advocacy Center, please contact us @ 660-635-0535.