The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass has been recognized by the National Children’s Alliance as one of the nation’s premier advocacy centers following an extensive application and site review process.
As the accrediting agency for child advocacy centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers that respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass received full accreditation, the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance which denotes excellence in service provision.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass coordinates the investigation and treatment of the most serious cases of child abuse in 17 Central Kentucky counties, providing all the services a child and family needs when an allegation of child abuse is made. Last year the Center helped more than 750 children and families impacted by child abuse.
As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, the Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.
National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CACs compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims.
“The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is honored to be recognized as one of the premier children’s advocacy centers in the country. Re-accreditation validates our staffs’ hard work and their dedication to providing the highest quality of care to vulnerable children and their families,” said Andrew Oliver, Executive Director.
“The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse,” said Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance. “As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is currently seeking a part-time receptionist. Qualified candidates will be dynamic, talented, and flexible as they provide front office coverage and high level support to staff members working with child victims of abuse and their families. Click here to read the full job description and for instructions on how to apply.
On Tuesday, November 4 NFL running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. Peterson has expressed remorse for harming his son while maintaining that he was simply providing discipline.
Stories like this serve as a reminded that a large percentage of child physical abuse cases are misguided efforts at discipline.
Trying to determine the difference? Here is what the law states in Kentucky:
“Abused or neglected child” means a child whose health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm when:
His or her parent, guardian, person in a position of authority or special trust, or other person exercising custodial control or supervision of the child:
1. Inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the child physical or emotional injury as defined in this section by other than accidental means;
2. Creates or allows to be created a risk of physical or emotional injury as defined in this section to the child by other than accidental means;
3. Engages in a pattern of conduct that renders the parent incapable of caring for the immediate and ongoing needs of the child including, but not limited to, parental incapacity due to alcohol and other drug abuse as defined in KRS 222.005;
4. Continuously or repeatedly fails or refuses to provide essential parental care and protection for the child, considering the age of the child;
5. Commits or allows to be committed an act of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or prostitution upon the child;
6. Creates or allows to be created a risk that an act of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or prostitution will be committed upon the child;
7. Abandons or exploits the child;
8. Does not provide the child with adequate care, supervision, food, clothing, shelter, and education or medical care necessary for the child’s well-being.
Are you concerned a child you know may be suffering abuse? Here are 10 signs to look for:
1. Unexplained injuries
2. Changes in behavior
3. Returning to earlier behaviors such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, or fear of the dark
4. Fear of going home
5. Changes in eating
6. Changes in sleeping
7. Changes in school performance and attendance
8. Lack of personal care or hygiene
9. Risk-taking behaviors
10. Inappropriate sexual behaviors
REMEMBER: Kentucky law explicitly states that anyone who suspects or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect is required to report it.
To reach the Kentucky Child Protection Hotline, call 1-877-597-2331.
If you are a parent struggling with issues of discipline or need additional resources, contact the Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Parent Support Line at 1-800-Children. The Parent Support Line is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is participating in the 2014 GoodGiving Guide Challenge! Find out more about this exciting fundraising opportunity below. . .
The GoodGiving Guide Challenge – a partnership of Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing – is an online charitable giving campaign, celebrating the diversity of the nonprofits in the Bluegrass Region and allowing people to learn and contribute to their work. Donors can select one, two or multiple organizations and make a donation using a credit card, a Blue Grass Community Foundation Giving Card, or Donor Advised Giving Fund at the secure website www.bggives.org. Individual donations to nonprofits will have an even greater impact during the Challenge, thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars in challenges, match pools and grant money provided by sponsor
- This is an online only giving event. Give online at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass’ page.
- The minimum amount you can give is just $10, but you can give as many times as you like throughout the challenge.
- The fundraiser runs from November 3rd through December 12th.
- There are weekly competitions for the participating non-profits throughout the challenge including cash prizes and matched funds that add to our fundraising efforts. (We’ll let you know what these are along the way on our Facebook page) AND rewards for our donors!
Please help us reduce the trauma experienced by sexually abused children by making your gift today!
Internationally recognized, Kentucky-based artist, Aaron Kizer, will perform and his works of art will be sold during the live auction.
Tickets are $100 per person and tables of eight are offered for $800. Event sponsorship opportunities are still available and casual attire is encouraged!
Other featured live auction items include premium UK Men’s Basketball Tickets, Dinner with the Mitchells, a UK Women’s Basketball Road Trip package, and a one-week stay in St. Marco Island.
For more information about the event or to RSVP, please call Winn Stephens or Allison Benjamin at 859-514-1566.
Lexington Furniture, Hugh and Laura James
McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC
Turf Town Properties, Rick Queen
WASHINGTON – On Monday, June 3, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass was recognized for winning the 2013 National Children’s Alliance Public Awareness Campaign Contest for their campaign titled, “Be the End.” The organization was presented a $10,000 check to fully implement this campaign in Central Kentucky.
The Children’s Advocacy Center received this award for communicating strong messaging about child abuse prevention and intervention through print and radio ads. All materials from the winning campaign will be made available by National Children’s Alliance to more than 750 children’s advocacy centers across the country for use in localized campaigns.
“We’re incredibly proud of this campaign and excited to have the opportunity to share it with other children’s advocacy centers across the country,” said Andrew Oliver, Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass. “This campaign highlights the important work of children’s advocacy centers, while also encouraging adults to end abuse in the life of a child.”
Kansas City-based, Sassafras Marketing partnered with the Children’s Advocacy Center to help bring the campaign to life. Sassafras created specific campaign materials to fit distribution channels including print media, outdoor advertising via billboards and transit advertising, and digital media elements.
“This campaign would not have been possible without the support of Sassafras Marketing,” said Oliver. “They donated their time and talent to help us produce this beautiful campaign. We’re so thankful for their support.”
In presenting the award, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, noted the campaign is effective because it communicates child victims of abuse can find hope and healing. “This is a beautiful campaign,” Huizar remarked. “I hope centers all across the country will use these materials to increase awareness of our unified mission.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass coordinates the investigation and treatment of the most serious cases of child abuse in 17 Central Kentucky counties. Each year more than 600 children come to the Center to receive forensic interviews, medical exams, and restorative care – all at no cost to a child’s family. For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center, please visit www.kykids.org.
National Children’s Alliance is the accrediting body for more than 750 children’s advocacy centers serving all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are efficient and effective, National Children’s Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, developing centers, multidisciplinary teams, and child abuse professionals around the world. Find out more by visiting www.nationalchildrensalliance.org.
Children’s Advocacy Center to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of its new facility at 162 North Ashland Ave on April 30th at 2:00 p.m. An open house will immediately follow the celebration until 7:00 p.m.
The Children’s Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation and treatment of the most serious cases of child abuse in 17 Central Kentucky counties. Each year more than 600 children come to the Center to receive forensic interviews, medical exams, and restorative care – all at no cost to a child’s family.
Extensive renovations to the building began six months ago and the Center officially opened in its new location on March 12th.
“We are thrilled to open our doors to the community,” said Executive Director Andrew Oliver. “This is an incredible space, one all residents of Central Kentucky can be proud of. We believe this Center will serve as a national model for excellence in children’s advocacy services.”
The new facility is located exactly one block east of their former home on Walton Ave in Lexington. With more than 8,000 square feet, the new building provides room to grow and expand services. Painted in calming colors and designed with children in mind, the building has four client waiting rooms, two forensic interview rooms, a 30-seat state-of-the-art training center, and individual and group therapy rooms.
Most importantly, the new building will allow the Center’s staff to work with an increasing number of children.
The Children’s Advocacy Center is eight months into a three year, $750,000 Capital Campaign. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised and another $100,000 is pledged through next year.
“We’re extremely thankful for every gift we’ve received from individuals, businesses and community foundations. We still need help to reach our goal of paying for the building outright,” said Oliver. “We’re still looking for that lead donation to push us closer to our goal.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony will include remarks from Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson and Board President T. Bruce Simpson. Center staff members will provide tours of the new facility until 7:00 pm.
Lexington, KY – The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass announced today the receipt of a $15,000 capital gift from Columbia Gas of Kentucky to support the Center’s move to an 8,000 square foot facility on North Ashland Avenue in Lexington.
Columbia Gas of Kentucky President Herb Miller presented the check on August 24 at the Center’s signature fundraiser, An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center. This joint contribution from the NiSource Charitable Foundation and Columbia Gas of Kentucky is the first corporate gift to the Center’s capital campaign.
Miller awarded this gift as a challenge grant to spur additional support for the organization’s efforts to become a national model of excellence in children’s advocacy services.
“The Center’s move to a larger facility will provide a number of opportunities to grow their programs and advance their very important cause,” said Miller. “While it is sad that communities need organizations like the Children’s Advocacy Center, helping an organization of this kind provide real, hands-on help to children is something we must do.”
“We are grateful to Columbia Gas and the NiSource Charitable Foundation for their generous support,” stated Andrew Oliver, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass. “This is a significant investment in the lives of vulnerable children throughout Central Kentucky and their gift gets us that much closer to moving into our beautiful new building in early 2013.”
Columbia Gas of Kentucky safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 140,000 customers in 30 Kentucky counties. Headquartered in Lexington, the company is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. More information about Columbia Gas of Kentucky is available at www.columbiagasky.com.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is hosting its largest, annual fundraiser, An Evening for the Children’s Advocacy Center, Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Signature Club in Lexington. This elegant lu’au will include entertainment, island cocktails, dinner from Dupree, and unique silent and live auction items.
Let the Aloha Spirit fill your heart as our featured performer, Leilani, pairs traditional music and storytelling with graceful hula dancing. You’ll imagine the scent of na pua on gentle trade winds; the waves whispering on a white sandy beach. Share a magical evening with friends on what promises to be a beautiful night.
Tickets to the event are $100 per person and tables of eight are offered for $800. Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. Casual island attire is encouraged. Dave Baker and DeAnn Stephens will emcee the gala and Coach Matthew and Jenna Mitchell will serve as Honorary Chairpersons.
This year’s featured live auction item is a Captain’s Club pass to the sold out John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, September 13-16. Valued at $12,500, this 4 day camp provides an all-access pass to UK coaches, pickup games with former Wildcat greats, private tour of the new Wildcat Lodge led by Coach Calipari, as well as hotel accommodations, meals and ground transportation. The winning bidder and a guest will enjoy dinner at Coach Cal’s house and the winner will also compete in an actual game played in Rupp Arena!
Other live auction items include a Sonoma VIP Wine Tour and Ultimate NASCAR Driving Experience (both packages include airfare and lodging), Dinner with the Mitchells and Phillips, a UK Women’s Basketball Road Trip package and Marco Island Getaway.
For more information about the event or to RSVP, please call Andrew Oliver or Allison Benjamin at 859-514-1566.
The Center would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our sponsors:
Gold Sponsors –
Nerney Family Foundation
Silver Sponsors –
Comfort & Process Solutions
Lexington Furniture/Hugh and Laura James
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky
Turf Town Properties/Rick Queen
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Burning Stick Foundation has awarded the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass a $5,000 grant to provide services to child victims of sexual abuse throughout Central Kentucky.
“This financial support helps us to provide counseling for child victims and support groups for caregivers who are also healing in the aftermath of abuse,” said Andrew Oliver, Executive Director.
A smaller portion of the funding will be allocated to support the Center’s expansion into a larger facility on North Ashland Avenue later this year. Foundation funding will be used to furnish a second client waiting room which is comfortable and child-friendly, ensuring the children feel safe and secure during their visit to the Center.
This is the second straight year that the Burning Stick Foundation has supported the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass. The Foundation, which places an emphasis on giving to charities in Central Kentucky, hosted their annual cigar event Stoke on April 13.