Foothills Child Advocacy Center Settling into New Location
A Charlottesville facility that helps identify and treat child victims of abuse is settling into a new home. The Foothills Child Advocacy Center has crammed into a corner in the Children Youth and Family Services building on High Street for three years.
The center's forensic interviewer works with police investigators to talk to children who may be victims of physical or sexual abuse. Foothills is now filling larger space just up the block. The center has hired a case manager, and will soon start a medical program.
Jennifer Kline, the program coordinator at Foothills Child Advocacy Center, said, "A lot of child advocacy centers have all their services under one roof, which is really convenient for the families that come in, because they can come in and have the medical exam, forensic interview, case management all done."
Each year, Foothills interviews 200 children alleging abuse. Grant funds allow the center's move, and will help cover the cost of the new medical program.