Crime, Legal Related

Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center

HEALING STARTS HERE

aka Mission Kids

East Norriton, PA

Mission

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

Ruling Year

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

Keywords

child advocacy, abuse prevention,

EIN

14-1975929

 Number

3391943604

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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What we aim to solve

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.

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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.

Mission Kids uses a national database, NCATrak, managed by the National Children’s Alliance to track specific information on each case including demographic information. This database specifically tracks all referrals made for mental health or medical evaluations. Mission Kids also evaluates its services using the Outcome Measurement System, which uses an initial survey following the forensic interview and a follow-up survey 6 weeks after, and includes a system for analyzing survey results. This free opportunity to use a scientifically tested and vetted measurement survey allows Mission Kids to more accurately determine the effectiveness of its services, while assisting the National Children’s Alliance in gathering information to develop CAC best practices nationally.

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.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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