Children’s Advocacy Center unveils new look

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – A tarp dropped down Friday unveiling the new logo, sign, and name for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.

The new sign reads “Children’s Advocacy Center The Emmy Haney House.”

“We just unveiled the beautiful sign which includes the house and the three hearts which represent help, hope and healing which are the three aspects that we hope a family has as they come through our doors,” The center’s Interim Executive Director Kristen Pablik McCallie said

The organization provides services for kids of alleged sexual abuse, like forensic interviews.

The center was founded over 25 years ago by the woman who the center is now named after.

“They’re seeing so many children which I wish they didn’t have to do, but if they have to do it this is such an amazing space and I’m so proud of it,” Founder Emmy Haney said.

Since November, the children’s advocacy center has been co-located with the Family Justice Center along with other agencies and organizations that provide help and care to abuse victims.

“There’s a lot of onus put on victims to go to different places to get services, the FJC is like a one stop shop where they just have to come to one spot and if they’re an adult they can go see counselors at the FJC or they can go see folks at legal aid.  If they’re a youth victim or a child victim they can come and see us,” Pablik McCallie said.

Pablik McCallie said the center is the first co-located advocacy center in the state of Tennessee.

“It’s really a place where victims can be served and served the way that they need,” She said.

The center is a non-profit organization that operates off of donations and grants.

Since it started in Hamilton County, the center has seen over 12,000 children.

 

 

 

 

 

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