Family Block Party

by admin on July 4, 2013

We really need your help!

Atlanta Parent Magazine is pleased to present Atlanta’s premiere family festival, the 10th Anniversary of Family Block Party on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10am- 4pm at the beautiful Mercer University Atlanta Campus. The GA Center will be a featured non-profit at the Block Party on Saturday, October 12, 2013. As part of our commitment, we need to supply volunteers! We will receive a percentage of the admission price based on the amount of volunteers we supply.

You will be using your time, talents and skills in service to the community by helping make the festival the best it can be! The festival features more than 50 exciting family-friendly activities, live entertainment including performers, storytelling, and local groups, food, interactive exhibits and more! Duties include helping to manage the fun and games activities at the event, set up and break down.

Click here to download the volunteer sign up form, fill it our and email or fax (678-904-1125) to Pamela Allen at pamelaa@gacfca.org, by August 28, 2013. You must be 12 years old or older to volunteer.

We will contact you shortly after receiving your form to make sure you don’t have any questions and to let you know the date for our one hour orientation meeting prior to the event.

This is your chance to make a difference for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and have some fun at the same time!

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The Importance of Child Advocacy Centers

by admin on June 13, 2012

Many may be unaware of the important work that child advocacy centers provide for our community. The typical notion is that once a child is suspected of being abused or neglected, they would be immediately directed to law enforcement. However, with an overwhelming amount of equally important cases, the police department is not always able to provide the unique and special care that it takes to protect a child.

Working closely to aid the Fulton County and DeKalb County police departments, The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GACFCA) is able to facilitate the needs of our community’s children. For over 25 years, GACFCA has provided numerous services to support the optimal development and well-being of children.

When a case of abuse or neglect is first reported, the GACFCA is able to immediately take action. Through a forensic interview and a child-friendly environment, the trained staff of GACFCA can work with children to make them feel comfortable disclosing their history of abuse. If the child has already disclosed a case of abuse, the GACFCA specialized clinicians will conduct an interview to be used as official evidence in developing a child’s case.

The emotions that arise from abuse and neglect are life altering. Beyond obtaining justice, GACFCA works to ensure positive growth for the children we serve. Through therapy, a licensed professional works with victims helping them to heal after such a traumatic experience. In addition, GACFCA also provides family advocacy and therapy services to the non-offending caregiver, in order to preserve a positive family unit.

Through trainings and presentations, the GACFCA aspires to end child abuse and neglect, advocating for a better tomorrow. From Darkness to Light trainings to annual fundraisers, GACFCA hopes to shed light on a wide-spread epidemic of abuse, by informing the community to take notice and promoting action at both an individual and institutional level.

As you can see child advocacy centers, such as the GACFCA, are crucial to protecting children.

- Ariel Fenster

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Become Trained: To Save Lives

June 11, 2012

What if you had the opportunity to save a child’s life? Over one million children in the United States are abused each year. Every day, four children die as a result of child abuse. The reality is that we can stop this horrific epidemic; child abuse and neglect are preventable, but, we do not have […]

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Financial Benefits of Child Advocacy Centers

June 6, 2012

In the year 2012, it is projected that our nation will pay a staggering $80 billion annually to address child abuse. Each day, our nation incurs over $220 million in spending with regards to child abuse and neglect. The Obama Administration has recognized that child abuse and neglect is the second most expensive crime, after […]

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An Intern’s Perspective

June 4, 2012

A Future in Child Advocacy; An Interns Perspective In the fall of 2011, I began interning at The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GACFCA.) As an avid volunteer within my community, I have always had a strong desire to aid those who are unable to help themselves. With a history of working within hospitals and […]

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Got Your Ticket? Reason three and Last Chance!

April 24, 2012

It’s easy to say we “know” about child sexual abuse. The little girl in this photo is Marilyn VanDerbur. This little girl is the reason we are gathering at this luncheon. This little girl is the reason Marilyn VanDerbur talks to groups like ours. As Marilyn says: “I can give them hope.” Convinced? Go here […]

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Got Your Ticket? Reason two for Get One Now!

April 20, 2012

It’s 25 YEARS for heaven’s sake. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy has been there for children who have been sexually abused for 25 years. We have been there for families and children, providing forensic interviews, therapy and training, all at no cost to our families. It seems to us that is something worth celebrating […]

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Got your Ticket? Reason one for Get One NOW!

April 18, 2012

When you got the invitation to our 25th Anniversary Luncheon on April 26th at 11:30 at the Marriott Marquis, I can imagine the thoughts that went through your head. I know the important work the center does. I know how difficult it is for any child who is a victim of child sexual abuse. I […]

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Marilyn Van Derbur to Speak at 25 Anniversary Celebration

January 30, 2012

We are thrilled to tell all our supporters that Marilyn Van Derbur is going to be the speaker at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 26, 2012. If you don’t know about this wonderful woman, click here for the Darkness to Light Documentary about her.

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Cheer for Children 2011 was a huge success!

November 14, 2011

We had a wonderful time at the Cheer for Children Ball last Friday. There aren’t words to describe the fun we had, the food we ate, and the generosity of our supporters. Instead of trying to describe it, this is one time when a picture is worth 10,000 words! Take a look.

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