Children’s Advocacy Center
The Champion for Children’s Advocacy Center
The Champion for Children Advocacy Center has been in operation since 1998. The Advocacy Center is truly a private/public partnership, established through strong community support and ongoing efforts of the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, Children’s Services Council, and Champion for Children Foundation.
The purpose of the Champion for Children Advocacy Center is to minimize trauma of child abuse victims and provide prevention support to those families needing assistance when there is likelihood a future abuse report may be generated. The center collaboratively coordinates all disciplines in the abuse field, bringing them together at the Advocacy Center to interview, evaluate, and collectively make decisions in the best interest of the child. The center’s response reduces trauma to the victim, aids in more immediate follow-ups on child abuse reports, makes offenders more accountable for their actions, reduces costly and repetitious interviews, aids in more complete medical and mental health referrals, and eliminates the duplication of efforts among agencies working in this arena.
The Advocacy Center provides a child-friendly facility, where victims of abuse can come and feel safe. Children are better protected and their healing is more complete. It is one of a handful in the state of Florida, and was accredited by the National Children’s Alliance in its first year of operation. Partner agencies include the Department of Children and Families Investigators, State Attorney’s Office, forensic interviewers, medical technicians, victim advocates, law enforcement, child psychologists, and Guardian Ad Litem. The Champion for Children Foundation is blessed to serve as an ongoing nonprofit partner agency within the Advocacy Center, providing financial assistance and support to victims, at-risk children, and families in need.
Since its opening in October of 1998, the Children’s Advocacy Center has served thousands of children cooperatively, because it shouldn’t hurt to be a kid.
1968 Sebring Parkway
Sebring, FL 33870
Phone: (863) 402-6845
Fax: (863) 402-6869
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Duty To Report
According to Florida law, it is the duty of every person residing in the state to report the suspicion of child abuse. Calls can be made anonymously, however some professionals are mandated to provide their name when making a report. Suspected child abuse calls can be made to the Florida Abuse Registry Hotline at: (800) 96-ABUSE or (800) 962-2873.
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