Children's Advocacy Center of Aiken
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER OF AIKEN COUNTY PRESENTS
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Breakfast 7:30 AM- 9:30 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Newberry Hall 117 Newberry Street Aiken, SC
TICKETS: $35 Per Seat or $315 for a table of 9
To purchase tickets, please call or visit: 803-644-5100 or cacofaiken.org
Or purchase tickets at 3 Monkeys or Herbal Solutions
An inspirational event to increase awareness in the community in order to prevent and better respond to childhood sexual abuse.
Matt Sandusky was sexually abused by his adopted father, the convicted serial child molester, Jerry Sandusky, who was an assisant football coach at Penn State. Matt's experiences have led him to take on the role of advocate for child sexual abuse survivors. By founding Peaceful Hearts Foundation, Matthew helps to promote legislation to support child sexual abuse victims and to HELP survivors find the hope and healing that they deserve.
Matt has been a guest on Oprah, and has been an outstanding speaker at numerous child advocacy centers across the country.
Sponsors: SRNS, Security Federal Bank, Rick's Produce, Good Earth, SCE&G, Atlantic Broadband, Bridgestone, Centerra, Aiken Standard, Maxwell Law Firm, Aiken Electric Cooperative, SRP Credit Union, Aiken Regional Medical Center, Spa-go Spa, Costa Farms
The mission of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Aiken County is to provide a safe environment and supportive services which promote healing to abused children and their families through intervention, treatment and prevention.
In 2002 many different community agency leaders and interested citizens began meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Aiken County. At that time, abused children were being interviewed by staff from many different agencies in a variety of places. These less than ideal circumstances were traumatic. Often times, children would recant, or the information was not shared from agency to agency. When a child needed a medical examination, long distance travel was necessary which only increased the level of anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, these abuse cases often fell between the cracks and there was no voice for the children.
Due to the determination and diligence of agency leaders and interested citizens who served on the CAC Board, many years of planning finally grew into a viable and realistic plan for the CAC. On August 31, 2005, the CAC received its designation from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3), private nonprofit organization. The CAC initially operated out of one room at the United Way. Later, it was located in a small office down town. In August of 2008, the CAC moved into a new building especially designed for its unique services. The building was largely funded by the County with revenue from the one cent sales tax. The CAC was initialy accredited by the National Children’s Alliance in August of 2008. The reaccreditation process occurred in November of 2013. The staff has grown from one to a staff of six, with one contract employees. Leaders of the original founding agencies have transitioned into the Advisory Board which promotes cooperation among the child-serving agencies. The CAC is presently governed by a Board of Directors which consists of concerned community members.
Many different community agencies have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Child Advocacy Center. These agencies are represented on the Multidisciplinary Team and on the Advisory Board. These agencies are:
Aiken County Department of Social Services
Aiken County Guardian Ad Litem Program
Aiken County School District
Aiken County Sheriff’s Office
Aiken County Victim's Services
Aiken Department of Public Safety
Aiken Regional Medical Center
Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center
Children’s Place, Inc.
Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
Department of Juvenile Justice
Helping Hands, Inc.
North Augusta Public Safety
Solicitor’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit