A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center has recently become the newest Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA Georgia) local council for Walton County. A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit child advocacy center that serves the Alcovy Judicial Circuit of Walton and Newton Counties. A Child’s Voice facilitates a child-focused, coordinated approach to alleged incidents of child sexual abuse, severe child physical abuse, and witness to violence. They partner with local agencies to offer forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, family support services, and case tracking. A Child’s Voice also provides community education directed towards recognizing and preventing child abuse. In their new role as Prevent Child Abuse Walton, they will work to expand current programs to bolster child abuse and neglect prevention efforts and awareness in the community. They will provide community training and help connect families to resources through PCA Georgia’s statewide helpline, 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373). The helpline allows parents or caregivers to talk to trained professionals who can connect them with local supportive programs in Walton County and beyond. Caregiver resources are also available to search by location through an interactive resource map at www.PCAGeorgiaHelpline.org.
PCA Georgia is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University. PCA Georgia, a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, and provides statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy child development, and develop strong families through its prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs, and advocacy.
“It takes all of us working together along with state and local resources to help children grow into healthy adults,” said Julia Neighbors, Director of PCA Georgia. “We are grateful for our partners across the state who played a role in helping us promote safe, stable nurturing relationships and environments for Georgia’s children.”
A Child’s Voice looks forward to engaging the community in new ways to strengthen families and help all children thrive.