New Child Abuse Training to Be Offered in Charlottesville

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January 12, 2015

Community members working with victims of child abuse will now have access to a new program.

Foothills Child Advocacy Center is launching a new Child Victim's Health Access Program. They are holding training sessions with medical specialists to help them learn how to minimize trauma, promote healing, and ensure child safety.

"They need to understand how child abuse is diagnosed. They need to understand all the possibilities so that they can better know how to serve the family," said Cathee Johnson Phillips, the Executive Director of the Foothills Child Advocacy Center in Charlottesville.

The program hopes to recruit a child abuse specialist pediatrician. There are only three of those in Virginia.

Foothills Child Advocacy Center hopes to launch the Child Victim's Health Access Program this year.

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