MADISON – Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc. invites local and state officials to participate in their upcoming Come 2 C Your CAC Tour during for month of December, 2015.
Guests will be able to tour Cornerstone’s facility where comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to child victims of abuse are provided.
“We are eager to meet with our elected officials to talk with them firsthand about the benefits that a child advocacy center brings to a community,” says Monica Ballard-Booth, director, “We hope to have a good representation of both local officials and state legislators at tours.”
“It takes tremendous courage for a child to tell someone they are being abused,” Booth said. “Children’s advocacy centers have been taking the lead in their local communities to welcome children and families through their doors, listen to their stories, and work with local teams of professionals to do all they can to keep children safe, hold perpetrators accountable, and help child victims of abuse begin the road to healing. Our tours will provide a chance for our local officials to understand what benefit Cornerstone brings to Boone and Lincoln Counties.”
Child advocacy centers are designed to provide a safe, child friendly location for child victims, according to Booth.
“The center is a community organization dedicated to helping children of a community who have been victims of abuse crimes,” she said. “The centers also support the work of the count investigative teams as they investigate criminal cases with child victims. The West Virginia child advocacy centers are independent entities managed by local board of directors.”
At their tour, visitors may also learn about Cornerstone’s in home family education program: Parents as Teachers (PAT), Booth added.
“PAT is a strong evidence-based home visiting model providing a broad context of parenting education and family support, and building protective factors, especially for those families in vulnerable situations,” she said. “The Come 2 C Your CAC Open House event will provide elected officials a unique understanding of the many ways that Cornerstone helps hurting kids in Boone and Lincoln counties.”
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Monica Ballard-Booth at 304-369-5283 or email at [email protected]
Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at [email protected] or @fcpace62 on Twitter.