Kennesaw State‚ Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia establish center of excellence to improve the lives of abused children

With the signing of a cooperative agreement‚ Kennesaw State University joined with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia to establish a center that will help improve the lives of the state’s children who have suffered abuse or neglect.The agreement was signed Wednesday during the Partnering for Excellence conference at the KSU Center. Dr. Lendley C. Black‚ provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State‚ joined K.B. Ayer‚ president of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia in signing the agreement.“KSU recognizes the incredible importance of child advocacy and the escalating changes we all face that are associated from having too few well−trained professionals supporting children who are being abused‚” Black said. “We have much to offer each other‚ and there is much to benefit from this collaboration.”(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (May 2, 2007) — With the signing of a cooperative agreement‚ Kennesaw State University joined with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia to establish a center that will help improve the lives of the state’s children who have suffered abuse or neglect.

The agreement was signed Wednesday during the Partnering for Excellence conference at the KSU Center. Dr. Lendley C. Black‚ provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State‚ joined K.B. Ayer‚ president of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia in signing the agreement.

“KSU recognizes the incredible importance of child advocacy and the escalating changes we all face that are associated from having too few well−trained professionals supporting children who are being abused‚” Black said. “We have much to offer each other‚ and there is much to benefit from this collaboration.”

“Both of our organizations are committed to working together to ensure that when abuse is reported‚ every child in Georgia will have access to the best possible service we can provide as their advocates‚” said Cynthia D. Howell‚ executive director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. “We have been working on this project since April of last year‚ and we are so very happy that the partnership has fully come to fruition.”

Georgia First Lady Mary Perdue‚ who has been an advocate for Georgia’s children through her “Our Children” campaign‚ applauded the move to establish the center of excellence during her opening remarks at the conference‚ and emphasized the necessity of community involvement in fighting child abuse.

“We all have the same goal — the goal of making sure that all children are safe‚ healthy‚ protected‚ nurtured‚ loved‚ cared for and educated‚” Perdue said. “It’s a big goal. No one person can do that‚ and no one entity can do that alone.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia is partnering with KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services’ Global Center for Social Change in establishing the Children’s Advocacy Center of Excellence.

The center will work to improve child advocacy by creating an education program to improve the skills of child advocates; train KSU faculty‚ students and staff in addition to personnel throughout Georgia; conduct applied research to enhance the understanding of best practices in investigation‚ intervention and advocacy for children; and promote the use of a multidisciplinary approach to investigation and services‚ among other goals.

The session’s keynote speaker was Ted Hall‚ reporter and anchor for 11 Alive News (WXIA−TV)‚ who spoke about the media’s role in creating public awareness of child abuse‚ in addition to taking a team approach in facing the issue.

The Wednesday summit at Kennesaw State examined multidisciplinary approaches to combat child abuse and neglect − through awareness‚ legislation and law enforcement‚ as well as combating child sexual exploitation.

Specifically‚ workshops at the summit addressed investigative techniques as part of prosecuting perpetrators of child abuse‚ key legislation impacting prevention‚ as well as investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases.

Workshops also explored how universities can work with child advocates and social workers to improve the effectiveness of training‚ evaluation and research in the field of child advocacy.


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An itinerary for the conference is available at www.cacga.org/conference/schedule.php.

For maps and directions to the KSU Center and the Kennesaw State University campus‚ please visit www.kennesaw.edu/about/maps.shtml.

For a biography of First Lady Mary Perdue and her work in child advocacy and with foster children‚ please visit www.gov.state.ga.us/about_mary.shtml. For a publication−quality photo of Mrs. Perdue‚ visit www.gov.state.ga.us/images/fl_gallery/firstlady9_hi.jpg.

For more information about Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia Inc.‚ visit www.cacga.org.

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