Foothills Child Advocacy Center earns national re-accreditation

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A local child advocacy center has earned reaccreditation from the National Children's Alliance.

Foothills Child Advocacy Center, which was founded in 2006, first earned accreditation in 2011 and must undergo a reaccreditation process every five years.

"We want to express our gratitude to the 13 agencies across the community who collaborate as a multi-disciplinary team to keep children safe, reduce their trauma, and promote their hearing," said Foothills' Executive Director Cathee Johnson Phillips. "The child advocacy center/multidisciplinary team model is a nationally recognized best practice for serving abused children, but it's our local team who puts this model into practice in the best possible way to serve child victims in our community."

The organization works with victims of child abuse.

Accreditation is awarded based on compliance with ten national standards to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to victims.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Multidisciplinary Team is made up of Foothills, the Albemarle County and Charlottesville police departments, Child Protective Services, Commonwealth's Attorney's Offices, Victim-Witness Offices, the Piedmont Court-Appointed Special Advocates, ReadyKids, Region Ten Community Services Board, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the University of Virginia Forensic Nurse Examiners and Department of Pediatrics.

The team of organizations work collaboratively in child abuse cases from investigation to prosecution to treatment.

Since serving its first child victim in April of 2006, Foothills has worked with more than 2,000 victims and their families, providing services like crisis intervention and referrals for mental health counseling.

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