Franklin-Williamson "CAC"

Issue #8- November 2020 Winter Edition

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Hello everyone, this is Hilary Chandler with the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center, AKA the "CAC ". This time in the newsletter you will find out about, how the CAC is handling Covid19, employee updates, and ways you can help us at the CAC! We hope you enjoy reading a little update from us!

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Covid Precautions at the CAC

Some of the safety measures that we have put in place are:

· Everyone entering the building must wear a face covering/mask for the duration of their time here. This includes our team members, the child and family, and all staff members.

· We have installed hand sanitizer dispensers at each door at the CAC for clients and team members to use immediately upon entry and exit.

· Everyone who enters the CAC will have their temperature checked and will be asked a few questions for a health screening.

· All common areas are being wiped down/sanitized frequently including before and after each appointment with appropriate cleaners.

· Clients have the option to participate in counseling services via telehealth or in person with the same safety measures while in the building.

Executive Director, Leah Brown, retires from CAC!

It is with profound gratitude that the Board of Directors announce the retirement of Leah Brown, Executive Director of the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center. We congratulate her on her twenty-six years of service as executive director, forensic interviewer and child advocate and thank her for her dedication and commitment to the well-being of children and families in crisis. Her effective leadership in networking with law enforcement, the judicial system and social service agencies has enabled the Center to provide services to children and families who have suffered trauma from sexual and severe physical abuse. Leah will be greatly missed by the Center staff and the Board of Directors. We wish her a fond farewell and best wishes for a wonderful future!

Board of Directors:

Ralph Graham, Chair

Amy Tallman, Vice Chair

John Markley, Treasurer

Leigha Zimbro, Co-Secretary

Lindsay Bussick, Co-Secretary

Brandon Zanotti

David Stacey

Deborah Payne

Kathy Schimpf

Kelly Green

Susan Rude

Wendy Cunningham


Pamela Dale-Bible, Child Advocate

Elaina Scerena, Child Advocate

Hilary Chandler, MDT Coordinator

Misty Lattuada, Intake Coordinator

Joe Castlebery, Financial Advisor

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Thank You for Your Support in 2020:

Child Advocacy Centers exist to provide each child who has suffered abuse with justice, hope and healing. Statistic show us that before they turn 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused, and one in three boys and one in four girls will by physically abused. Any child can become a victim of abuse. No race, ethnicity or socioeconomic demographic is immune. Last fiscal year alone, the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center (FWCAC) provided services to 188 children and families right here in our communities. Our work is only possible with the help of people and organizations that are willing to get involved, and we thank you for your support of our mission this past year.

As 2020 comes to a close, we ask that you remember the FWCAC in the New Year and consider how you can continue to support our work in 2021. As a 501c3 organization, you might consider a tax-deductible end-of-the-year gift. Maybe you received a gift card over the holidays that you won’t use and a CAC client could use it to get a new outfit or pair of shoes. Possibly, you could budget $10 a month to provide for snacks to be used for kids at the CAC. There are countless ways that you can make a difference for the children and families who need CAC services. Every gift, big and small, helps us in our mission of supporting children and families in Franklin and Williamson counties who have been the victims of abuse.

If you have any questions about ways that you can make a difference, please feel free to contact our office anytime and we would be happy to talk with you.

Mission Statement

The Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center

is dedicated to serving the best interests of children

who have been sexually or physically abused.

We, at the Center, are their Voice.

WE believe:

All children should be free of abuse and neglect.

All children should have the opportunity

to develop to their fullest potential in

a safe and loving environment.

It is in the best interest of abused children to have

collaboration among agencies

working on their behalf.

It is important to educate the public on the issues

of child abuse and neglect.

One Last Thing:

The CAC wishes you and your family a very Happy Holiday season!
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