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Buy This Quilt- Benefit the Friends of the Monmouth County CAC


This Quilt was made by the members of the Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild, Founded in Ocean Grove, and currently located in Colts Neck. This group is a part of the Worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, which consists of over 170 guilds and individual members as well. The work of the guilds and members is displayed and judged at the annual convention, known as Quiltcon. Each year a challenge is put out by the mother guild, which has the guilds and members use a particular color palette and design elements as put forth by the mother guild. All of these quilts are judged and displayed at Quiltcon. After Quiltcon, the challenge quilts must be donated to a charity of the local guild’s choosing, as dictated by the Worldwide Modern Quilt Guild. This quilt was pieced collaboratively by the members of the Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild and quilted by President Sherre McLellan of Sea Glass Quilting. In keeping with the Modern Quilt Guild’s mission of providing charitable support, and in the spirit of community, this quilt has been presented to the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center to be used as part of their fundraising event on April 22, 2017.

The value of the quilt is $500.00 and it will be auctioned off at the “Wine Sipping, Sampling, and Savoring Event” at Grape Beginnings on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. Information on the event is on our homepage. Click “donate” to purchase tickets for $65.00 each.


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Masonic Brothers Make $25,000 Donation

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Shown in the photos are David Winthrop, Past Master of Ocean Lodge #89; Glenn Cantor, Worshipful Master of Ocean Lodge #89; Adam Reich, Past Master of Asbury Jordan Lodge #142; Lynn Reich, Vice Chair, Friends of MCCAC; Angela Juffey, Chair, Friends of MCCAC; Laurie Gerhardt, Secretary, Friends of MCCAC; Dr. Martin Krupnick, Treasurer, Friends of MCCAC; and Roger Busico, Senior Warden of Ocean Lodge #89.


In 2012, the Brothers of Asbury Jordan Lodge #142 F. & A. M. in Neptune, NJ made the difficult decision to sell their building and merge with nearby Ocean Lodge #89 F. & A. M. in Spring Lake Heights, NJ. During that process, the Brothers earmarked a portion of the sale to be donated to five Masonic and five community organizations in the area. Faith, hope and charity are the three principle tenants of the Masonic Fraternity and the Brothers of Asbury Jordan felt that these donations would not only give back to the community in which they were proud members, but would also allow the memory of the Lodge to be honored for years to come.

Fast-forward to 2017, the sale and merger were completed and the Brothers were finally able to begin dispersing the charitable donations to the previously selected organizations. The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center was one of those selected organizations and, on January 25th, members of Ocean Lodge #89 and Asbury Jordan Lodge #142 presented the Friends of the MCCAC with a donation in the amount of $25,000 to assist the organization with their ongoing efforts in helping and caring for the children of Monmouth County who are victims of sexual and physical abuse. The Brothers of the Lodge were greatly impressed by the work the Friends of the MCCAC does and were grateful to be able to support such an important endeavor.

Barbie Collectible Sale

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Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center
will be the beneficiary of a Barbie Collectible Sale

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9AM -3PM

6 Hance Blvd. | Freehold Borough | just off of Route 79

The Barbies are in excellent condition in their original packaging, and date back to 1995. They are priced to sell. There is a large stock of Barbie ornaments as well. This event is part of the Freehold Borough Town-Wide Yard Sale.

There is no rain date.

Bill Would Set Aside $10M for Child Abuse Prevention Services

NJTV News | By Briana Vannozzi | Monday, May 2, 2016

Roughly 12,000 New Jersey children fall victim to some form of abuse every year. For each case reported, advocates say many more are undocumented.

“This is about protecting the child and allowing them to restore their life to as normal as possible,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Sweeney is introducing a bill that sets aside $10 million to create a “Child Advocacy Center-Multidisciplinary Team Fund.” It’s a long title for a simple purpose — create a statewide system of child abuse prevention services.

“There are best practices used that I want to see replicated throughout the state. When I went and saw Wynona Lipman’s house, I said how come this doesn’t exist in every county in the state?” Sweeney asked.

Sweeney wants Wynona’s House in Newark, which is an example of a child advocacy center, or CAC, to serve as the model for all other counties. It coordinates services like law enforcement, psychologists, doctors and victim support all under one roof.

“At Wynona’s House, we have a child focused approach to what happened. It’s not a prosecutor focus, it’s not a social worker focus. It’s a child centered focus on how not to re-traumatize children who have already been traumatized,” said Wynona’s House founder Nancy Erika Smith.

“Currently abused children in nine counties have access to the services of an accredited CAC. However this means that abused children in 12 counties do not have access to this comprehensive care,” said New Jersey Children’s Alliance Chapter Coordinator Nydia Monagas.

“It doesn’t have to be bricks and mortar, but we want the same standard in all 21 counties,” Sweeney said.

All counties are required to have a board overseeing child protection and victim services. The funding would extend that and allow for more. Advocates say CACs are shown to save over $1,000 per case in communities where they’re located.

“From a solely economic perspective, if we invest in their healing now we will save ourselves from having to pay for the longterm social, health and emotional difficulties associated with child abuse at a later time. The total lifetime estimated cost related to just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment is approximately $124 billion,” Monagas said.

The group is urging the Legislature to act now.

“We look at adults who are survivors of abuse and rape and their lives have been destroyed and they rarely if ever recover completely,” said Sen. Joe Vitale.

The bill has already passed out of committee and advocates believe it has a fighting chance if it lands on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.

Pinwheels for Prevention Displayed in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month

See the Pinwheels at the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center Open House
April 12, 2016, 9 am – 12 pm

Blue Pinwheels are nationally recognized as the symbol for child abuse prevention. As April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center have placed blue pinwheels inside and outside of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. They dance in the breeze proclaiming the right for every child to grow up safe, strong, and free of abuse. A Child Advocacy Center provides a safe and secure setting in which child abuse victims can talk about what has happened to them and receive the services they need. Child Advocacy Centers are both physically and psychologically safe for child abuse victims and their supportive family members.

The Pinwheels will be displayed for the month of April. We hope you can attend the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center Open House on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 9 am – 12 pm. You will see the Pinwheels!

The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center Receives Grant from Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo - Friends of MCCACL to R: Brenda Ross-Dulan (Regional President Southern NJ), Susan Modri-Smith (Area President Jersey Shore), Angela Juffey (Treasurer of The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center), Janine Brumbaugh (Marlboro Wells Fargo Store Manager)

Freehold, July 16, 2015 – The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center was awarded a $1,000 grant on July 16, 2015 by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission to raise funds to complete the construction of a child friendly facility by continuing to develop community awareness and to support a coordinated response to child abuse in Monmouth County.

The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC) is a volunteer driven 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.

Formed in 2003 by a group of individuals in the Monmouth County community, The Friends sought to raise the funds needed to build a full service Child Advocacy Center in Monmouth County. The County donated land on Kozloski Road in Freehold, NJ and the project was begun. A Child Advocacy Center offers an integrated, multidisciplinary, child-friendly approach to the investigation and treatment of sexual and physical abuse of children.

Phase One of the Capital Campaign was completed in June 2009 and since then the MCCAC has served more than 400 cases of child abuse each year. The Friends is now embarking on a final effort to complete Phase II of the project. $2.3 million is needed to expand the facility to include a full medical suite, therapy rooms and additional office space.

“At a time when donations from the public and private sectors are down due to the economy, we truly appreciate the support Wells Fargo has provided,” said Angela Juffey, Treasurer of the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. “We will use this grant to meet the challenges of completing Phase II of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center and we are most grateful!”

The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice.

Wells Fargo’s 56 branches in the Southern New Jersey region distributed a total of $50,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups – $1,000 for a nonprofit identified by each store manager.

“Our local branches see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference every day,” said Brenda Ross-Dulan, Wells Fargo’s Southern New Jersey region president. “We use this as an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center for all of the value they have provided to our community over the past year.”

The Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo store managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. A total of $140,000 in Community Connections grants is slated to be distributed throughout the month of July in Southern New Jersey.

“Many of our Wells Fargo team members also volunteer or are impacted by The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center in some way,” states Janine Brumbaugh, Manager of the Marlboro Wells Fargo Store, located at the intersection of Routes 520 and 79. “We’re proud to help the nonprofits serve our communities wherever we can.”

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

Has philanthropy forgotten abused children?

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By Tamara Copeland
President
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Earlier this year, I witnessed an incident of child abuse. A girl of nine or ten was leaving school when an adult outside in a car with three other young children – her mother, I assumed – began to yell at her. In a violent tone and with much cursing, she asked the child why she was wearing a coat on what was admittedly a very warm day. She continued to yell with great volume and vehemence as the child exited the school, walked the steps to the car, got inside, and as the car drove off.

I sat watching this incident feeling sad, angry, and powerless.

I am educated as a social worker. I worked briefly in the child welfare system in direct service and for decades in the policy arena as a child advocate. In fact, being a voice for children was the center of my professional career until I joined the WRAG staff. I understand the impact of life’s stressors on parents and I understand that the cycle of being poorly parented can lead to becoming an inadequate parent. Nonetheless, on that day I was powerless. I had no idea what to do in the brief time that I watched this emotional abuse unfold.

The incident came to mind when I learned last week of the death of a nine-year-old at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend (WaPo, 7/6)*. His offense: he had eaten an extra piece of cake. That young girl’s offense: wearing a coat on a warm spring day. Did the emotional abuse I witnessed turn into physical abuse once they arrived at home? I will never know.

Making sure that our children are educated and making sure that they have health care are priorities for many in the philanthropic community, but making sure that they are safe seems to have completely fallen off the priority chart if it was ever really there. Protecting the welfare of children, be it through child abuse prevention, quality foster care, or promoting adoption are nowhere on the list of priorities for most funders. In fact, in a recent WRAG survey, only 3 percent of our members reported that they do any work on child welfare/child abuse/foster care/adoption. Giving toward these areas is limited despite the fact that statistics support the fundamental need to address them.

We know that the number one reason that children are in foster care is physical abuse, followed by sexual abuse and then neglect. And we know that the foster care system is riddled with problems and that those children who age out of foster care often become homeless, sometimes suffer from untreated forms of mental illness, and that a large percentage of adult prisoners have spent some time in the foster care system (60 percent according to a 2010 study done by the University of Chicago and the University of Washington).

The abuse of children sets a life’s trajectory that is far too often tragic. Yet, societally, we don’t attend to it. Having access to quality, affordable physical health care or attending the school with the most innovative, effective teaching staff will not overcome the physical and mental scars of living in an abusive household. Philanthropy can make a difference. When you think about impact and evidence-based, effective grantmaking, consider child welfare as a new focus area for 2016.


*Yesterday, the boy’s mother and uncle were arrested and charged with child abuse and second-degree murder in connection to the boy’s death.

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Child Advocacy Center seeks help for expansion

Asbury Park Press Article |May 12, 2015FREEHOLD – In the old days, a child abuse victim in Monmouth County would have to endure a complicated, draining process on the road to safety.

“They might tell a teacher and then talk to a school nurse or social worker and possibly the principal, and all those people would question the child before they called child protection (services),” said Sue Rekedal, a social worker who has dealt with such cases for 40 years. “Then child protection would call a police officer. That was all before they would decide to take the child to the hospital.”

Since opening in 2009, the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center has sought to make that road easier. The CAC, one of 11 such centers in New Jersey as part of the National Children’s Alliance, houses a team of social workers, specially trained law enforcement officers and forensics experts who can meet with an endangered child under one roof within an hour’s notice.

But there’s one more piece to the puzzle, and the CAC is working on completing what it calls “phase two” — with the help of donations.

“We don’t have a medical suite, and we don’t have the ability to deal with the family afterward in terms of therapy,” said Lynn Reich, who serves as secretary of the Friends of Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. “Phase two has a medical suite, a nurse’s station, a group therapy room and an art therapy room.”

Construction of the 4,200-square-foot addition is underway and expected to be finished before September. But Reich said the Friends of MCCAC needs to raise $250,000 to complete the project by furnishing the new rooms.

“The goal is one-stop shopping under one child-friendly roof, instead of dragging victims all across the county to the sterile environments of police departments and emergency rooms,” acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said. “This is one of the best models I’ve seen created in law enforcement.”

The CAC has seen 600 cases over the past year, twice the amount of its inaugural year in 2009-10.

“It’s an unfortunate success, but because of visibility and us being able to investigate and prosecute these kinds of cases, people are more inclined to come forward,” Gramiccioni said. “These things are hard to admit — you run the risk of making a disclosure, then it goes nowhere and creates and even worse home scenario for that child. But I like to think because of what we do here, if somebody has gone through this, there is a greater inclination to disclose this because they’re going to be in good hands.”

Personalized floor bricks for the CAC’s expansion may be purchased for $250. Room naming-rights are available for $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000. Contributions of any amount are welcome and can be made at http://friendsofmccac.org/donate/

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2nd Child Advocacy Center National Summit on Child Abuse & Neglect in the State of New Jersey

INVISIBLE NO MORE
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015

The 2015 summit’s focus on Human Trafficking and the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth in the United States seeks to initiate a national dialogue on the movement to combat human trafficking and child sexual exploitation by engaging, educating, and empowering attendees. The conference will feature three workshop sessions that address hot topic issues and evidenced based practices and programs in the comprehensive response to human trafficking such as: methods of investigation and prosecution of human trafficking perpetrators, factors contributing to child trafficking and exploitation, recovery services for child victims and their families, as well as legislative and policy issues. This Summit aims to enhance collaboration and improve the response to child sexual exploitation and human trafficking by addressing prevention, investigation, prosecution and treatment.

The summit will conclude with the annual Steel Magnolia Gala commemorating the champion and namesake of Wynona’s House, the late Senator Wynona Lipman. The Gala pays tribute to community members and institutions for their outstanding commitments and achievements for child victims of abuse and neglect. This year Wynona’s House will honor Senator Stephen Sweeney, the legendary Gloria Gaynor, NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson, and Investors Bank for their contributions and dedications to child victims of abuse and neglect.

Event Details and Registration

Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has undertaken the creation of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center, a facility for those caring for the children of Monmouth County who are affected by child abuse and neglect. A Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused environment designed to reduce the trauma to child abuse victims and their families often created when a child discloses sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect.
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Communities which have established CACs have found that there are many benefits: reduction in the number of interviews conducted with a child; more immediate follow-up to child abuse reports; more efficient medical and mental health referrals; increased successful prosecution; and consistent support for child victims and their families. A CAC provides a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting that is both physically and psychologically safe for a diverse population of children and their families.
prosecutor-co12The The Board of Chosen Freeholders has dedicated a site for the CAC on Kozloski Road, Freehold Township.The first phase of the CAC, which provides a child-friendly and child-appropriate location for professionals to gather for the interview and other initial steps in the response to child abuse investigations, was opened in 2009. A public/private partnership has been forged by the formation of a non-profit corporation, namely, The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC). The Friends of the MCCAC consists of community citizens who are helping to raise the funds to build the center. Through local, state, county and federal agencies, government funding has also been instrumental in the creation of Phase I, and is being pursued for Phase II, which will add a medical suite for physical examinations of child victims, mental health treatment rooms for both individual and group therapy, as well as additional staff office space to strengthen the ability to operate in a coordinated manner.

Child Advocacy Centers exist all over the country, including several in New Jersey. They are an important step toward state-of-the-art care and protection of our county’s most vulnerable citizens.

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