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March 2020

Precautions during COVID-19 Pandemic

We have had some questions about whether we are still open for business and conducting forensic interviews during this time of social distancing.  The answer is yes.  The safety of children is a priority.  The change in their routine, care, home confinement, etc., can cause a change in behavior and put them at a higher risk of abuse.  Here are the guidelines we are using at this time:

  1. It is business as usual for forensic interviews providing the child has been fever free without medication for 24 hours.  We ask for MDT assistance in assessing this prior to scheduling.  We will assess while on-site as well.
  2. We request only one caretaker bring only the victim child(ren).
  3. We will be spacing our interviews out a little further to allow for extra cleaning between interviews.
  4. We ask that MDT also attend only if they are not ill and have been fever free without medication for 24 hours.
  5. We ask you to consider delaying non-emergency interviews if you want to attend the interview and have been in contact with a co-worker or have a family member that is exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness or fever.
  6. We are making available to the family and MDT information on COVID-19 and the use of hand sanitizer while on site.
  7. Counseling has been discontinued at this time however families may expect some contact via phone.
  8. All in-person meetings, including Case Reviews will be conducted via web conferencing.  A few already scheduled have been put on hold until such time it can be determined all partners have access to do this.
  9. Community and fundraising events have been cancelled at this time, some expected to be rescheduled.

We thank you for grace and understanding and know that there is great struggle on your end as well.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Our office will remain open at this time.


Verna Kelsey

Executive Director


Champagne & Diamonds Date Change

On Friday, the Governor issued a state of emergency for Missouri. The CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. In light of this we are moving the date of our Champagne & Diamonds event to June 13, 2020. It will still be located at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge with the same start time of 5 PM. We hope that this doesn't cause any scheduling conflicts and still hope to see everyone there. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the office at 660-359-2874.


Darkness 2 Light Training presented to Laredo R-VII

Child and Family Advocate, Ashlay Berry presented the Darkness to Light's: Stewards of Children child sexual abuse training to the teachers and staff at the Laredo R-VII school district. Since teachers spend a majority of the time with your children during the year, it is very important that they are trained to spot the signs of child sexual abuse, how to respond when a child discloses abuse, and how to report the abuse. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our children safe! Laredo

Fun was had by all at the 1st Annual Run, Walk, Wag 5K Fun Run/Walk

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center and Green Hills Animal Shelter's First Annual "Run, Walk, Wag"!

Whether you ran, walked, wagged, cheered, sponsored or volunteered, we are so grateful to you for joining us and helping to make this event a success!

We hope everyone who came out had a wonderful time, and if you weren't able to join us, we hope you will enjoy these pics from the event and be able to join us next year.

Thank you again to everyone for your support! We are proud and thankful to be a part of a such a generous and supportive community! COllage