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Carousel Center is on the cusp of submitting its National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Accreditation Package for Child Advocacy Centers! New Hanover County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) is in the final stages of signing the official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which outlines standard procedures each agency commits to provide when responding to child abuse victims and cases. This MDT, the very CORE COMPONENT of a successful NCA Accreditation, is comprised of the District Attorney’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Social Services, Health Department, area public and private schools, NHRMC-Emergency Department, Guardian ad Litem, CoastalCare, Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Shelter and Services and the Carousel Center. Once the community’s MDT MOU is finalized and signed, the Carousel Center hopes to submit its final accreditation package for consideration by May 31, 2013. Stay tuned!
EXCITING GRANT NEWS!
The Carousel Center, Inc. is proud to announce being selected for a Cape Fear Memorial Foundation grant for general operating!!! This grant will not only ensure qualify, skilled professionals to assist our community to hold child abuse perpetrators accountable, while also assisting child survivors to do the hard work of healing, but Cape Fear Memorial Foundation’s GENEROUS grant will allow for our community to design and implement a complete upgrade for a Child Forensic Interview Suite of rooms. Utilizing the top-of-the-line forensic interview equipment, iRecord, Carousel Center’s Forensic Interview Suite, will allow for all the dedicated professionals in law enforcement, prosecution, and advocacy to ensure the best foundation for each child abuse investigation. A sound foundation for case investigation will go a long way for the Cape Fear Community to ensure a higher level of accountability for perpetrators of child abuse.
Forensic Interviewer Training
Carousel Team members, Lisa Brooks, MSW, LCSW and Windy Ezzell, MA, LPC attended the Recognizing Abuse Disclosure And Responding (RADAR)-Evidence-Based, Child Forensic Interview training, facilitated by Mark Everson, Ph.D. and sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Brooks and Ezzell are excited about the opportunity for Carousel Center to utilize this evidence-based strategy to to expand and enhance current in-house child forensic interviewing capabilities. Carousel also plans to begin holding a Forensic Interviewer Forum, the goal of which is to establish standard community child forensic interview protocols.
With the assistance of community partners such as the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office and the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, implementing in-house Child Forensic Interviewing helps the Carousel Center meet National Children Alliance standards for accredited Child Advocacy Centers.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is the GOLD STANDARD, evidence-based therapeutic model for treating children who have experienced sexual abuse. Additionally, this model actively engages the non-offending parent/caregiver to walk the healing journey right alongside their child. This time-limited therapy strategy allows for a reduction in a child’s trauma symptomology within 12-20 sessions. In the Cape Fear Area, the Carousel Center proudly reports having 3 TF-CBT therapists on the Team already, with Celine Adair, LMFT, our newest Team Therapist planning to attend the TF-CBT Training at Hunter College in NYC the first week of May 2013.