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


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.

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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.
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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A woman talks about being abused as a child

JERRY CARINO, @NJHOOPSHAVEN | April 14, 2015 | 10:05 a.m. EDT

Gannett Article |April 14, 2015For nine years, Sylvia Peterson sought answers to weighty questions about child abuse and society.

She sought them to help herself — a survivor of abuse — and others.

She found them the hard way.

Her 2014 book, “Laura and Me,” chronicles her visits with Laura McCollum, one of only a handful of women in the country considered to be a violent serial sexual predator.

“I was molested when I was 7 years old by my grandfather, and I was hoping I could take her apart brick by brick and understand why people do that to children,” Peterson, who lives in Washington state, said via phone last week. “Until I understood, I was dead set against any sort of forgiveness for him and for my parents, who should have protected me.”

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Peterson is unusually qualified to address this cultural plague. A nurse for 35 years, she is now a chaplain and an advocate for people who have been sexually abused as children.

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Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center To Benefit From Event

By Lou Russo | September 19, 2014 | 10:05 a.m. EDT

The Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center in Freehold is a safe place for kids who have suffered abuse.

The Advocacy Center is a place that is close to our hearts. For several years we held radiothons on the morning show to help raise the initial funds necessary to build this critical facility.

Now the Friends of the MCCAC nearly has enough funds to complete the important Phase Two of the project, which will include more facilities necessary for the children and their families.

One way you can help is to visit the Tag Sale at the Gloria Nilson Realty office at 351 Route 9 in Manalapan, tomorrow (Sat., Sept 20th) 9:00am to 3:00pm. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Friends of MCCAC.

Get all the details on how you can help by visiting the Friends of the MCCAC website.

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Casino Night to Benefit the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center

By Rebecca Pollak | October 15, 2013


The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center will be hosting a Casino Night to raise funds to benefit the completion of Phase II of the Children’s Advocacy Center, including a medical wing. The Casino Night will be held on October 18, 2013 from 7-11pm at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, 6 Industrial Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724. The evening includes 2 hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet dinner. Ticket prices are $125 per person. A limited number of tickets will be sold. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. To purchase tickets, please visit www.friendsofmccac.org.

The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC) is a volunteer driven 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to raise funds to complete construction of the child friendly facility by continuing to develop community awareness and to support a coordinated response to child abuse.
For more information, visit www.friendsofmccac.org or contact Rebecca Pollak at fmccac.development@gmail.com

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