“Today we walked in not knowing what to expect, but at the end we felt much better and are please at how everything is being handled. We are grateful for your help. Thank you!” – A caregivers experience with SafeSpot
SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center is the only 501c3 non-profit that provides justice and healing to sexually and severely physically abused kids in Fairfax County.
SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax provides a centralized family-friendly location to child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse in Fairfax County. At the Advocacy Center, the needs of the child is the top priority.
SafeSpot’s provides a specialized, no cost services reduce trauma. This public private partnership provide a child-friendly facility where Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services and other key professionals work together to investigate child abuse, help children heal and hold offenders accountable. SafeSpot provides critical evidence-based therapy that is proven to provide children a path to healing. Children who are abused can heal, but only with your help!
IMPORTANCE OF SAFESPOT – A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (CAC)
To understand what CAC does, you must understand what children face without one. Without a CAC, the child may end up having to tell the worst story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, cops, lawyers, therapists, investigators, judges, and others. They may have to talk about that traumatic experience in a police station where they think they might be in trouble, or may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult that could hurt the case against the abuser.
When police or child protective services believe a child is being abused, the child is brought to the Safespot—a safe, child-focused environment—by a caregiver or other “safe” adult. At the CAC, the child tells their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not not retraumatize the child. Then, a team that includes medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview. CACs offer therapy, courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and other services. This is called the multidisciplinary team (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of CACs.
Source: National Children’s Alliance
Child Advocacy Centers like SafeSpot drastically reduce the PTSD Symptoms of the child and the caregiver.
Source: National Children’s Alliance (NCA)
SafeSpot public-private partnership is comprised of the following: Fairfax County Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Community Services Board.