By: Martha SparksSociety Editor
April 24, 2013
The Logan County Child Advocacy Center will celebrate five years of working for the well-fair of children with an open house Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“Our Open House is an opportunity for the public to see the center, meet staff and Board Members, and, of course, learn about our many partners,” Beth Cook, Executive Director said. “We want to celebrate how this community came together to establish a center for children. We also want to look to the future and continue to offer needed services to those in need.”
When the Logan County Child Advocacy Center opened its doors five years ago, it was a small operation housed in two and one-half rooms and Jamie Dempsey Butcher was the first director. It served 43 children that first year.
Five years later the center has served over 500 children from all over southwestern West Virginia. There are now seven staff members and the center is fully accredited. The center now supports two investigative teams — Logan and Mingo — and many individuals have been prosecuted for crimes against children.
Services offered to victims and families have grown over the years and now include support groups, in-house therapy, advocacy, education and support. The center is currently working with Logan Regional Medical Center to develop a clinic setting for victims of abuse. The clinic will fill a real need and would eliminate a trip to Charleston for those victims.
The LCCAC also has a new partnership agreement with the Mingo County Investigative Team and are planning to help them open an interview location in Williamson.
“Without the funding partners and our service partners we would not be able to do this work,” Cook said.
LCCAC Funding Partners is The Logan Healthcare Foundation, The US Department of Justice, The State of West Virginia, The Logan County Commission, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Logan County Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Bernard McDonough Foundation, Alpha Natural Resources, Logan County Legislative representatives, Christian Appalachian Project, WSAZ-TV Children’s Charities, Logan Walmart Supercenter, Cliffs Natural Resources, Pyles, and Turner Foundation, CSX, Mingo County Commission, BB&T Bank, Sisters of St Joseph’s Health & Wellness Fund and Consol Energy.
LCCAC Partners in Service Delivery include LCCAC Advisory Board, W.Va. DHHR - Bureau for Children and Families, W.Va. State Police, Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Logan County Prosecuting Attorney, Psychological Associates of Logan, Logan Mingo Area Mental Health, Children’s Home Society of W.Va., Necco Inc., Kanawha Valley Center, Logan County Family Resource Network, Logan Regional Medical Center, Southern W.Va. Health Systems and the Coalfield Health Center.
“The Logan County Child Advocacy Center Inc. is an independent, nonprofit corporation listed as a WV Charity,” Cook said. “We operate on donations and grants. Child victims are not charged a fee for our services.”