Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): KS

Grantee Agency: State of Kansas

Subgrantee Agency: Family Crisis Center, Inc.

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2013/59,000; FY 2014/79,364; FY 2015/64,956; FY 2016/77,511

About the Program:

The Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a support system for abused children and their non-offending caregivers, connecting families with the necessary resources to end the abuse.

Serving children in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties in Kansas, the CAC provides child-sensitive and compassionate services for the child and child’s family. Professionals representing child protective services, legal, law enforcement, mental health, medical, and other disciplines provide a coordinated team response when a child reports abuse or when there is reason to believe a child has been abused or neglected. Operated by Family Crisis Center, Inc., there is no charge for services.

The CAC is named in memory of the first executive director of the Family Crisis Center and serves as a safe space to complete forensic interviews of children who have reported being sexually assaulted or abused.

The interview room includes cameras to record the interview, a team room so that the team can watch the interview and send questions into the forensic interviewer if more information is needed, an exam room where evidence is collected by a trained pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and a family room for the non-offending parent to sit and wait while the interview is taking place.

BJA has supported the Dell Hayden Memorial CAC since its opening in November 2013 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

JAG funding supports the program director and forensic interviewer’s work in providing safe, supportive forensic interviews of child abuse victims and follow-up advocacy services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers. Additionally, JAG funding supports the program director to coordinate team meetings, case reviews, and continuing training hours for staff and volunteers.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

Since its founding, the Dell Hayden Memorial CAC has served nearly 500 child victims and their non-offending caregivers. Providing a safe environment for children and families, 99 percent of children and their caregivers report satisfaction and safety through the CAC.

In one situation, staff was able to assist in ensuring safety for a 5-year-old boy. He was given a voice through a forensic interview where professionals learned of the abuse and burdens he had to carry at such a young age.

Advocates working with the family immediately began safety planning with the non-offending parent and were able to provide information and assistance in getting a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order granted against the offender. This provided protection and security for the boy by keeping him out of the unsafe environment.

The boy is now safe with his non-offending caregiver and is participating in therapy to work through his trauma.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Rachel Angel
Executive Director
Family Crisis Center, Inc.
Email: rachela@familycrisiscntr.org
Phone: 620-793-9941

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