Dec. 20, 2012 Winchester Hall
Board of Country Commissioner’s meeting
A decision will be made at the BoCC as to what will happen to the Children’s Advocacy Center. There are some who want to change the model currently followed which is based on the model set out by the National Children’s Alliance www.nationalchildrensalliance.org According to the National Children’s Alliance webiste, ” 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.
National Children’s Alliance strongly believes that the combined professional wisdom and skill of the multidisciplinary team approach results in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child- and family-focused system response possible.”
This is the model that Frederick County adopted and began using in April 2001, which the Frederick County Child Advocacy Center follows and which the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center and Frederick Woman’s Civic Club support. Please join us on Dec. 20, 2012 at 10 AM in the Commisioner’s Board Room at Winchester Hall to show our support for the current standards of care and practice. Time will be allowed for public comment.