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Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center

HEALING STARTS HERE

aka Mission Kids   |   East Norriton, PA   |  www.missionkidscac.org

Mission

Achieving healing and justice for victims of child abuse by providing collaborative services, advocacy, leadership and education.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Leslie Slingsby LSW

CEO

Ms. Abbie Newman RN, JD

Main address

180 W. Germantown Pike Suite 1

East Norriton, PA 19401 USA

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EIN

14-1975929

NTEE code info

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research indicates that between 10-20% of all children will be victims of child sexual abuse before the age of 18. Child abuse knows no boundaries, and occurs in every zip code, race, and ethnicity. The investigation of child abuse and possible legal proceedings are stressful for child victims and their families. As the criminal justice system was designed for adults, it can be a confusing, frightening and frustrating experience for a child and their family. The most significant impact from our program is the reduction in trauma experienced by the victim and their families during the investigative process. A child served at Mission Kids receives a forensic interview and is spared the secondary trauma of having to re-tell his/her story numerous times to different people. This design minimizes trauma to the victim and maximizes the likelihood of obtaining a positive criminal justice outcome.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mission Kids

Mission Kids is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization providing a multi-disciplinary approach to alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse. Mission Kids provides a broad range of support services to child victims and their caregivers in an environment that encourages healing and facilitates better prosecution of alleged offenders. Mission Kids provides:
-A safe, child-sensitive place for young victims of child sexual abuse or serious physical abuse.
-Collaborative team investigation that reduces the number of interviews a child victim is subjected to during the initial investigative process.
-Coordination of prosecutors, law enforcement officials, social service and medical professionals specifically trained to support and protect children throughout the entire legal process and beyond.
-Specialized referrals for child specific medical services designed to reduce the trauma associated with physical examination required in abuse cases.
-Specialized referrals for therapeutic services for child victims and their families.

Mission Kids has served over 2,800 child abuse victims from 2009 through 2016.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Mission Kids strives to break the cycle of abuse by changing the investigation process from one of fear and frustration to one of support and hope. Our goal is to ensure that all child abuse victims in Montgomery County, PA have an opportunity for healing and justice. Mission Kids’ objectives are to reduce the additional trauma experienced by child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers during the investigative and legal process, and enhance and improve the child abuse investigation process by coordinating and facilitating the collaborative efforts of the multi-disciplinary team which enables a child to tell his or her story. This coordination promotes more informed decisions by investigators, and a minimization of trauma that children can suffer following a disclosure and subsequent investigation.

Mission Kids coordinates a multidisciplinary response to allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly setting where the needs of the child are the primary concern. A child who receives a forensic interview at Mission Kids is spared the secondary trauma of having to re-tell his/her story numerous times to different people. A forensic interview is a structured conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information about possible events that the child may have experienced or witnessed.
To foster healing for the children and families we serve, Family Advocates are committed to helping each family navigate the complex systems they enter when a child makes an outcry of abuse. As each case goes through the investigation, prosecution and healing process, the Family Advocate is there to help the family understand the process, learn about their rights and successfully access resources that will help their family during crisis.

Mission Kids is the nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center in Montgomery County, PA. Mission Kids coordinates the response to child abuse cases with the Montgomery County's District Attorney's Office, all 50 local law enforcement agencies, and the Office of Children and Youth. Members of the Multidisciplinary Team (prosecutor, caseworker, county detective, and police) observe the interview live, while it is simultaneously recorded using state-of-the-art equipment, so the child is spared the trauma of multiple interviews.
Mission Kids also partners with various mental health organizations, and works closely with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This multi-disciplinary team works together to provide the highest quality of interventions which provide healing, protection, and justice for victims of child abuse. It is our team members that make Mission Kids so capable and successful.

Planning for Mission Kids began in 2004 as a result of a partnership between the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Police Chief’s Association of Montgomery County. In 2006, these teams united to form a multidisciplinary force committed to investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases in a manner designed to reduce additional trauma to victims, a first for Montgomery County. Mission Kids became a 501(c)(3) in 2007 and opened the doors to its child-friendly facility in 2009.
Mission Kids has grown substantially and has served over 4,100 children and families. We have seen an astounding 100% increase in children served since our first full year. Mission Kids is proud to announce that we now have a full-time trauma therapist on-site at our Child Advocacy Center. We have partnered with Creative Health Services, Inc. to hire a specialized trauma therapist who began accepting new clients in July 2018.

Financials

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Operations

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Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center

Board of directors
as of 08/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Maripeg Bruder

Amy K Charles

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Pat Ciarrocchi

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Tim Cifelli

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Hope Cohen

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Dina Fink

Andrea Freundlich

Michael Greenly

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Peter Madden

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Joseph "Chip" W Marshall

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Pauline LeVan

Giovanna McKinney

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Dave Morris

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Jacqui Neulinger

Abbie R Newman

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Lori Nicoletti Peruto

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Ron Remick

Anthony Rodriguez

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Meredith Seigle

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Oscar Vance

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Howard Weitz

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Michael P Williams

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Amalia Romanowicz

Schultz & Williams

Scott Schultz

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Bernard Shields

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Kevin R Steele

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Illiana Strauss

Barbara Campbell

Kathleen Colgan Vodzak

Drexel University

Chief Dave Duffy

Upper Gwynedd Township

Walt Hunter

Kelley B. Hodge

Elliott Greenleaf, P.C.

Leslie G. Slingsby

Mission Kids CAC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data