News & Events
NOCAC receives $4,700 Wal-Mart grant
1/19/2012 11:35:08 AM
 
Stacie LeBlanc, director of Audrey Hepburn Child At Risk Evaluation (CARE) Center at Childrens Hospital and New Orleans Care Advocacy Center (NOCAC), explains the interview room to Derrick Edwards, manager of the New Orleans Tchopitoulous Wal-Mart, and Alexandra Hazlaris, program support coordinator at The Childrens Advocacy Centers of Louisiana. The New Orleans Childrens Advocacy Center (NOCAC) received $4,700 as part of a Wal-Mart Associates Choice foundation grant to The Childrens Advocacy Centers of Louisiana to help ensure child victims of sexual abuse receive quality services from their local CAC. All 480 employees at the Tchopitoulous Wal-Mart will be educated with specific skills in recognizing, reacting, reporting and preventing child sexual abuse.
 
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Childrens Advocacy Center (NOCAC) received $4,700 as part of a $100,000 Wal-Mart Associates Choice foundation grant to The Childrens Advocacy Centers of Louisiana to help ensure child victims of sexual abuse receive quality services from their local CAC.
    
The NOCAC is partnering with Derrick Edwards, manager of the New Orleans Tchopitoulous Wal-Mart, to provide all 480 of his stores' employees in the Stewards of Children's Darkness to Light Program, the only evidence based program for adults which has been shown to protect children from sexual abuse. All employees will be educated with specific skills in recognizing, reacting, reporting and preventing child sexual abuse.
    
Each of the 16 local CACs who are members of CACLA will receive an equal share of $75,000, while CACLA will utilize the remaining $25,000 to provide training and technical assistance for local CACs.
    
Local Child Advocacy Centers provide an age appropriate and secure environment when a child discloses sexual abuse. Trained, professional staff work with the child so he or she may tell their story. CACs coordinate a multi-disciplined effort in the investigation and prosecution of child sex abuse cases. The CAC also works to provide or refer important follow up services, such as counseling, for the child and other resources for non-offending family members. A CAC is a community of caring people coming together to bring hope back to child victims of sexual abuse.
    
 "The New Orleans Childrens Advocacy Center, which share offices with the Audrey Hepburn Child At Risk Evaluation (CARE) Center at Childrens Hospital, provided services to 1,350 New Orleans-area children in 2011," said Stacie LeBlanc, director of the NOCAC and CARE Center. "The support of the local Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart foundation will have a tremendous impact on making sure children continue to be served."
    
CACLA emphasizes the importance of partnerships like the one with the Wal-Mart Foundation toward ensuring children continue receiving services.
    
"We are so grateful that the associates of Wal-Mart stores and Sams Clubs all over Louisiana valued the importance of serving children who have been sexually abused," said CACLA Executive Director Dr. John Wyble. "It is critical that community partners like Wal-Mart support their local CAC so sexually abused children have a safe and secure place to tell their story."
    
Across Louisiana, CACs provide services to some 4,000 children who have been sexually abused. To learn more, including how to report abuse, visit www.cacla.com.  To learn more about the local CAC, visit nocac.net.
Posted by: CHNOLA | Submit comment | Tell a friend



Categories:

Share and enjoy: Facebook   Reddit   Yahoo Bookmark
Categories:
 

 

© Copyright 2014, Children's Hospital, New Orleans. All rights reserved.

Site designed by Bizzuka New Orleans Web Design