Member Highlight - Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center
Since 2003, Children in Crisis, Inc., a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), has been serving child abuse victims and their families from Berkeley, Dorchester, and parts of Charleston County.
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) model supports a multi-disciplinary, compassionate, and coordinated response to allegations of child abuse throughout the child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment of trauma. Therefore, Children in Crisis works closely with all law enforcement jurisdictions, child protective services, and the solicitor’s office, as well as many various child serving organizations, such as, MUSC, the department of mental health, school districts, Drug and alcohol programs, the Guardian Ad Litem program, and many more.
Child abuse is unquestionably a community problem in regards to child welfare and also has a vast impact on a community’s quality of life and economic workforce. However, research shows that appropriate evidence-based interventions, such as those provided through CAC services, contribute to life-long health, financial stability, and attainment of education for those affected.
Therefore, due to the overwhelming number of children and families seen from Berkeley County, Children In Crisis has been contacted by a builder in Berkeley County to donate construction of a CIC Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Berkeley County.
In addition to the building donation, the Cumbie family of Moncks Corner, with businesses in real estate, automotive, finance, and amusement industries since 1959, have donated a pristine piece of property for which to construct the donated building, in honor of their late parents John and Bonnie Cumbie.
This year the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), the national accrediting body for all CACs nationwide, awarded Dr. Kay Phillips the Horowitz-Barker Lifetime Achievement Award and NCA Executive Director, Teresa Huizar noted, “We’ll sum up Dr. Kay W. Phillips’ more than 18 years of leadership by noting that during Children in Crisis most recent re-accreditation, the site reviewers called the center a model for CACs nationwide.”
According to Dr. Phillips, the opportunity to build a CAC in Berkeley County will enable us to address the growing needs of Berkeley County as the second fastest growing county in South Carolina. It will increase our capacity and capability to better serve those children and families in the more rural areas of Berkeley County, as well as families in Goose Creek, the Highway 17 corridor, and the more rural regions of Moncks Corner, who will find this location more convenient for their needs.
Dr. Phillips stated “We are thrilled and amazed at the generosity of these two donations from the private business and private citizen sectors, which will allow us to provide a physical presence of a Children’s Advocacy Center in Berkeley County!” The new Berkeley Children’s Advocacy Center should be completed by the end of 2022.
To learn more about our center and the service offered by the CAC, Children in Crisis invites you to one of our community awareness luncheons held monthly at our location in Summerville, South Carolina.
Please see attached flyer for dates and registration information.