Standing up for children. Giving voice to the silent.

Limestone Child Advocacy Center has provided critical services for children victimized by abuse or neglect in our community, free of charge, since 2010. We are the only agency in Limestone County offering all these services under one roof and we do so because our community’s children deserve the best childhood possible.

 
 
 
 

Putting the Pieces Together.

 
 
 
 
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Forensic Interviews

Successful prosecution of child abuse cases begins with a thorough investigation. Forensic interviews are legally justifiable, fact-finding interviews with a child conducted by specially trained professionals at the request of law enforcement or DHR.

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Therapeutic Counseling

Specializing in trauma-focused therapy, the Center’s therapy staff offers services to children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect and their non-offending family members who are dealing with the aftermath of abuse.

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Family Advocacy & Support

In a child abuse case, the perpetrator is usually someone close to the family, or someone who lives in the home. In fact, 90 percent of child abuse victims know, love, and trust their abusers. The abuser may even be a family’s primary breadwinner. Upon their arrest, the entire family is suddenly in crisis. Non-offending family members must have support in order to protect their children and rebuild their lives. 

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Community Education

Our goal is to raise awareness throughout the community about the importance of preventing, recognizing, and reporting child abuse. It takes all of us working together to prevent abuse.  

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SAFETY FIRST

Limestone Child Advocacy Center works in collaboration with the Limestone County School System to provide Safety First, an age appropriate education curriculum on the signs of abuse and how to tell someone if you are being hurt. This material is taught at least twice a year in each classroom in Limestone County to children in grades K-12. If you are unsure if your child has participated, ask them. If so they most likely can tell you the 5 steps to child safety. Parents do receive an opt-out form prior to instruction, as we acknowledge parents may choose to teach this material elsewhere. If you would like to see the material before your child participates, please reach out to your schools guidance counselor or contact LaTonya McGuire at the LCAC. Her number and email can be found on the contact page.

Limestone CAC provides a full-time staff member to the school system to teach this material. We use the Child Safety Matters/ Teen Safety Matters Curriculum which is outcome based. The children who received this training had a 99% increase in awareness of what abuse is and how to protect themselves from the time of the pre to post tests.

If you are involved in another school system in Limestone County/ Athens City including private schools or home schools and would like your child to participate, please reach out to your school system and let them know. We are happy to add additional schools as available. Our goal - and state law- is that each child in public school receive this information throughout their school years.

For more information on how such programs began and the law behind it, please look up Erin’s Law for additional information. You can read the story of her abuse and how she has worked to make this mandated in each state.

This program is funded in part through grants from the Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama and a VOCA grant administered by ADECA.

 
 
 
 
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Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a child sexual abuse education curriculum that focuses on teaching adults. Ultimately it is our responsibility to keep children safe. The material is presented in a way that is empowering and encouraging. Go to D2L.org for more information.

 
 
 
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