FOOTHILLS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

Charlottesville, VA   |  www.foothillscac.org

Mission

Foothills Child Advocacy Center provides a coordinated system of effective response and intervention to children who have been victimized. Our goals are to minimize trauma, promote healing, and ensure child safety.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Cynthia Hurst

Main address

1106 E. High St

Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA

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EIN

20-5182316

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Foothills Child Advocacy Center addresses the problem of child abuse and its impact on children, families, and the community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states: "Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration and lifelong health and opportunity. " According to research children who are sexually abused are at a significantly greater risk for post-traumatic stress, suicide, substance abuse, pregnancy at a young age, and other negative consequences, and they are more likely to become involved in crime, to perform poorly academically, and to have serious health problems as adults (https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/all_statistics_20150619.pdf). Children who have been physically, emotionally, or mentally abused or who are witnesses to violence are also more likely to experience such negative consequences (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Multidisciplinary Team/Forensic Assessment Program

Foothills provides a culturally sensitive, coordinated system of effective response/intervention for alleged child victims of abuse and their non-offending caregivers in a safe, child-friendly setting. Foothills’ mission is to minimize trauma, promote healing, and ensure safety. Through the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)/Forensic Assessment Program, Foothills (1) coordinates a team of 14 local government/nonprofit agencies to increase communication and mutual accountability, reduce duplication of services, and help ensure that children’s safety and their needs are met; (2) conducts coordinated forensic interviews that reduce the number of times a child is interviewed, reducing the child’s trauma, while gathering accurate safety information; (3) works to ensure that children receive appropriate medical care; and (4) provides non-offending caregivers ongoing support to help them provide safe, healing environments for their children and reduce the risk of the child’s re-victimization.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Foothills’ goal is to minimize trauma, promote healing, and ensure safety. Without the help of concerned adults, child abuse will remain hidden, and child victims will continue to suffer. The majority of abused children do not tell anyone about the abuse; they are often ashamed or afraid to reach out for help. Adults must be aware of the indicators of child abuse, watch out for the children they know, and be willing to speak up when they suspect abuse. Once the abuse is identified, a child victim needs trauma-informed and caring support from as many adults as possible to heal and recover.

The Public Education and Outreach Program works to educate adults about the prevalence/impact of child abuse, their responsibility to identify, report, and stop child maltreatment, how to prevent child abuse, and the best way to respond to child victims. Foothills primarily offers the Stand Up For Kids! mandated-reporter training and the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Child victims of sexual or physical abuse have unique health care needs, and a serious gap in meeting those needs exists in our community. In FY 2018, only 25 percent of the children served received any type of medical care related to the abuse. This number reflects the past limited local capacity to provide appropriate medical care.

On April 1, 2018, Foothills launched its Child Victims’ Health Care Access Program. Dr. Mark Mendelsohn began duties as Foothills' medical director. He also serves as the attending physician and provides forensic medical evaluations for child victims of physical abuse on site at Foothill's child-friendly facility. Dr. Mendelsohn and Foothills' longtime partners, the University of Virginia (UVA) Health Center Forensics Team, who conducts the child sexual abuse exams either at the Emergency Department or the SAFE Clinic, and the UVA Department of Pediatrics, which is working towards adding a child abuse pediatrician to its staff, are working together to increase access to appropriate medical care for abused children.

This program serves children 0-17 years old who are alleged victims of sexual or physical abuse primarily in Charlottesville and Albemarle but also in the surrounding localities, including Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, Nelson, and others upon request.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers, Families

Related Program

Multidisciplinary Team/Forensic Assessment Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents NEW children served each fiscal year. Foothills Child Advocacy Center serves children ages 0-17 who are alleged victims of criminal maltreatment.

Number of adults completing child abuse intervention or prevention workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Public Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is the number of adults completing either the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training or the Stand Up for Kids! mandated reporter training.

Percentage of non-offending caregivers surveyed who said their children felt safe at Foothills

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers

Related Program

Multidisciplinary Team/Forensic Assessment Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of caregivers who agreed that "I believe my child felt safe at the Center." (anonymous survey)

Percentage of non-offending caregivers who were satisfied with Foothills' services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers

Related Program

Multidisciplinary Team/Forensic Assessment Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of caregivers who strongly agreed that "The Center staff provided me with resources to support my child and respond to his or her needs in the days and weeks ahead." (anonymous survey)

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The earlier that child abuse is stopped and that child victims and their families receive services, the more likely that the children will heal and recover and grow up to be healthy and productive members of society. Foothills Child Advocacy Center envisions a unified and just community whose members are knowledgeable about and invested in assuring that all child victims receive the benefit of a range of services available in the community. Foothills' mission is to provide a coordinated system of effective response and intervention to children who have been victimized. Foothills' goals are to minimize the trauma of child victims, promote their healing, and ensure their safety.

Foothills directly addresses these goals by providing a culturally sensitive, coordinated system of effective response and intervention for alleged child victims of abuse, neglect, or violence and their non-offending caregivers in a safe, child-friendly setting. This response is achieved through the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)/Forensic Assessment and Public Education and Outreach Programs.

Through the MDT/Forensic Assessment Program, Foothills:
-Provides a child-friendly, safe and neutral location in which Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services may conduct and observe child forensic interviews and the non-offending parents/caregivers may receive support; ​
-Coordinates the Charlottesville and Albemarle Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team of 14 local government and nonprofit agencies to increase communication and mutual accountability, reduce duplication of services, and help ensure that children are safe and that their needs are met;
-Assists other MDTs in surrounding localities in a similar fashion; ​
-Conducts coordinated forensic interviews that reduce the number of times a child is interviewed and so reduces the child’s trauma, while at the same time gathering accurate information that will help to keep the child safe;
-Works to ensure that the child receives forensic medical evaluations and appropriate medical care;
-Provides non-offending caregivers immediate crisis intervention, including safety planning, risk and needs assessments, and trauma screening;
-Provides non-offending caregivers referrals and ongoing support to help them provide safe, healing environments for their children and reduce the risk of the child’s re-victimization; and
-Advocates for best practices in child abuse investigations and treatment.

Through the Public Education and Outreach Program, Foothills increases community understanding of the ways to prevent and stop abuse by providing training to adults that equips them to help keep kids safe. Doing so is crucial because national research shows that over 30 percent of children will never tell ANYONE about their abuse, and many will at first deny that the abuse happened. It’s up to adults to recognize the signs of abuse and to be the voice for child victims.

Foothills has offered nationally recognized Stewards of Children training on how to prevent, identify, and respond to child sexual abuse since 2010 and Stand Up for Kids!, a training for mandated reporters on how to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect since 2013. Foothills also regularly offers training opportunities for the MDT professionals and other customized training upon request.

Foothills’ mission is accomplished by utilizing the nationally recognized, evidence-based National Child Advocacy Center (NCAC) model that seeks to reduce trauma to child victims through the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach. The Child Advocacy Center model is considered best practice for allegations of criminal child maltreatment and has been heralded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime for improving services to child victims. In communities with a child advocacy center, there is improved investigation by law enforcement, increased use of child forensic interviewing, and increased likelihood of having a medical examination (Cross et al, 2008; http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV136.pdf). Providing trauma-informed child abuse and neglect investigative and family support services is a fundamental purpose of the child advocacy center model and essential to reducing trauma for these children, ensuring their safety, and promoting their healing (Jones et al, 2007; http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/cv124.pdf).

Foothills has established strong local, regional, and statewide networks that support its mission and goals. Since 2006, Foothills has coordinated the Charlottesville and Albemarle MDT and provided courtesy services to the surrounding localities. In 2014, legislation was passed by the Virginia General Assembly that required each locality to have a child abuse MDT and which led to requests for Foothills to provide information about the MDT process. Foothills is now a member of the MDTs in Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Madison, and Nelson Counties. The MDTs consider Foothills essential to child maltreatment investigations and treatment, as evidenced by the increasing number of case referrals, from 77 in FY 2007 to 255 in FY 2021. Signed written protocols and inter-agency agreements govern the MDTs.

Foothills was fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance in 2011 and fully re-accredited in 2017, which means that Foothills is recognized as having achieved a level of multidisciplinary collaboration and coordinated service delivery that significantly improves the experience and well-being of children who are subject to child abuse intervention.

A significant role of a child advocacy center is to ensure that MDT members receive training in current best practices. Foothills has provided over 5,000 hours of training for MDT members and local professionals since 2006.

Since its founding in 2006 through FY 2018, Foothills Child Advocacy Center has provided:
• A safe, child-friendly environment for more than 2,500 children and their families in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area.
• More than 3,000 legally sound forensic interviews that reduce child re-traumatization and gather accurate information.
• More than 35,000 services to the families, which helped them to provide a safe and healing environment for their children.
• Coordination of 14 local agencies who work together in the best interest of the child and who have together conducted
• More than 6,000 case reviews to be sure that the children’s needs are met.
• Assistance to the MDTs of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange Counties and participation in their case review meetings.
• Education and training on child abuse issues and how to prevent and stop child abuse to more than 6,000 adults.
• Medical Forensic Exams for children who have experienced physical abuse
• Mental Health services free of charge to all Foothills clients

We are focused on increasing our Mental Health services to meet the growing needs in our community and to reduce waiting times for the children. We also launched the Child Victims Health Care Access Program and have contracted with a pediatrician to provide medical services on site.

Foothills employs four full-time staff members and six part-time staff members. We expanded the facility space in July 2018, finished renovation on the second floor, and moved staff offices upstairs. The first-floor renovation, which enlarged and improved direct services spaces, was completed at the end of FY 2019.

Foothills continues to broaden its donor base and increase the amount of private contributions. In FY2021, individuals gave $131,731.21.. In FY2020, individual contributions totaled $118,816. Please note that individual giving was $30,000 in FY2013. The number of donors also is growing each year.

Financials

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FOOTHILLS CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Todd Cabell

Chief eCommerce Officer, Crutchfield Corporation

Term: 2019 - 2022

Varina Anderson, M.Ed.

Therapist, The Women's Initiative

Lisa Brook, J.D.

MichieHamlett PLLC

Cali Busch, CPA

Senior Revenue Accountant, CFA Institute

Lee Cilimberg

Albemarle County Retired Executive

Reza Daugherty, MD, FAAP

Chief of Pediatric Medical Imaging, UVa Health System

Carlton Gregory, J.D.

Assistant General Counsel, Virginia National Bank

Mark Mendelsohn, MD

Associate Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics UVA; Pediatrician, Blue Ridge Medical Center

Emily Talley

Senior Fellow, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability

Lee Wietz, CFE

Virginia Bureau of Insurance and former Law Enforcement Officer, Charlottesville

Susan Wilkinson, MBA, CFP

Wilkinson Wealth Management

Melvin Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Kurt Woerpel III, CPA

Woerpel & Company, LLC

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/08/2021

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