Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center

Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center

Sponsored by Cardinal Glass

1625 Woods Court, Suite 102
PO Box 904
Hood River, OR 97031
blynch@cgcac.org
541-436-2960
www.cgcac.org

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Mission

To reduce trauma to child abuse victims through effective evaluation and advocacy in a secure and healing environment.

Goals

Ensure that all children receive a medical exam in a timely manner (within the guidelines of Karly’s Law).
Minimize the impact on families (the victim and non-offending family) by reducing the number of required interviews and appointments, eliminating inappropriate interviews, and reducing lengthy travel to obtain these services.
Provide assistance to the MDT so that they will focus on the appropriate intervention.
Initiate victim-centered services at the time the offense is reported.

 

– PROGRAM OVERVIEW –

The Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center (CGCAC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by a group of dedicated community members. Their vision was to create an environment where child victims of abuse could disclose abuse to law enforcement and child protective workers in privacy and safety and receive services in a child-friendly location.
Services that are provided free of charge to any child that is suspected of being abused or neglected include a medical exam and a digitally recorded forensic interview. The CGCAC forensic interviewers and doctor are trained to conduct these interviews and exams, assess the child’s condition, gather information, as well as document and collect evidence, thereby eliminating further exams and interviews with the attendant risk of additional trauma. They must also attempt to ensure the psychosocial well being of the child and make recommendations for treatment and follow up.
Only non-offending family members are allowed on site to help ensure that the child’s safety and privacy are protected.
The CGCAC reduces the trauma of abuse, and provides coordinated support services for child abuse victims to begin their healing process. Hood River County Sheriff, Matt English, says, “The sensitive nature of child abuse cases and the laws surrounding their investigation require an expertise and specific skill set, which is imperative when interviewing children. The CGCAC has given us that resource locally.”
Prior to our opening in 2009, children were interviewed at the police station or at the child welfare office, sometimes more than once. If a medical exam was necessary, it had to be done in the emergency room or the child had to be taken to the nearest child abuse center in Portland or LaGrande.

– GIVING OPPORTUNITIES –

Fundraising Events

The next annual event will be held some time in the Fall of 2018 – Harvest Hope for Kids.

Sponsorships

Sponsors are needed for our annual fundraiser. We also accept in-kind donations for silent and live auction items. Please contact us for more information.

Donations

Donations can be mailed to PO Box 904, Hood River, OR 97031 or made on our website, www.cgcac.org using PayPal. You can also donate through the Gorge Community Foundation, which has an endowment fund to benefit the CGCAC. Please specify “The Kid’s Fund” on your donation.
Volunteer
We are currently seeking new board and committee members. The CGCAC Board of Directors meets every month.
The CGCAC Committees include fundraising, policy review and finance.

Wish List:

For the kids
Individually packaged snacks (fruit roll-ups, string cheese, microwave popcorn, hot chocolate, fruit cups, etc.)
Juice boxes (100% juice, please)
Books for us to read to and give to the children
Board games and simple craft kits for kids
Recent release DVD’s for both younger and older kids

Office supplies
Postage stamps
Boxed white multipurpose 2” x 4” labels or 1” x 2-5/8” labels
Mailing envelopes – 6” x 9”, 9” x 12”, 10” x 13”
8½” X 11” ruled tablets (white)
Reams of 20lb white paper
Multi-purpose, combination business copier, printer, scanner, fax machine

Servicing Hood River, Wasco,
Klickitat, Guillian, and Wheeler Counties