COASTAL CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER INC

Helping Kids Feel Safe Since 1992

Savannah, GA   |  www.ccac-savannah.org

Mission

Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) unites public, private, and community resources to provide each child who has suffered abuse with justice, hope, and healing.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Rose Grant-Robinson

Main address

PO Box 9926

Savannah, GA 31412 USA

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EIN

58-1944825

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Although abuse and neglect are highly underreported, both are clearly present in the CCAC service area. During the 2020 fiscal year, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) received 4,356 reports of child abuse or neglect in Chatham, Bryan, and Effingham counties, with the majority (71%) from Chatham County. Based only on the number of substantiated cases, all three counties have child abuse and neglect rates that exceed the state’s rates – by up to 30% higher in Chatham County (Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS Count Data Center, 2020). The risk of children witnessing violent crime is also high in the region. From 2014 – 2016, Chatham County’s violent crime rate was above the state’s average and ranked in the worst 20% of all Georgia counties at 448 per 100,000 (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, County Health Rankings, 2018). For homicides alone, Chatham County’s rate is double that of Georgia, which is ranked 13th highest state in the nation (CDC, 2019).

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?

Forensic Interviews

The Coastal Children's Advocacy Center (CCAC) provides a confidential, child-friendly site for video-recorded forensic interviews with children who have been sexually or severely physically abused or who have witnessed violence. All interviews are conducted by staff who have completed training and certification in child-friendly forensic interview techniques.

CCAC is the only provider of free, child-friendly forensic interviews in its three-county service area. This service prevents children from sharing their abuse story repeatedly, thus decreasing the trauma of disclosure and preserving young victims' initial statements for court purposes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Coastal Children's Advocacy Center's family advocacy program aims to improve access to and use of community-based supportive services necessary to reduce the long-term physical and emotional effects associated with child abuse/neglect and violence exposure. CCAC’s Family Advocate provides non-offending family members with resources and referrals, as well as assistance with navigating the criminal justice system.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

Children who receive a forensic interview at the Coastal Children's Advocacy Center are eligible for one-on-one and group trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). This evidence-based therapy is considered a best practice in treating children with trauma resulting from abuse, neglect, or violence exposure.

Children may also be guided through therapy with play, art, or sand trays. All three therapy modalities have been proven to be effective treatment for traumatized children.

All children receive at least four weekly counseling sessions and may continue counseling for as long as counseling is needed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Licensed therapists facilitate psychoeducation support groups for non-offending caregivers to ensure they have a safe space to process their own feelings following their child’s abuse or neglect. These sessions also provide caregivers with the skills and knowledge needed to parent a child who has been abused or neglected and to prevent future incidents of abuse/neglect.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

The Coastal Children's Advocacy Center's family advocate and forensic interviewers guide families through the process of navigating the criminal justice system and attend court to serve as expert witnesses on behalf of child clients.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

National Children's Alliance 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia 2021

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
Related Program

Forensic Interviews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children who have received a forensic interview conducted by a certified interviewer. Direction of success is "increasing", as we aim to ensure all abused children have access to services.

Number of participants counseled

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

Children and youth, Caregivers

Related Program

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children & non-offending family members who receive counseling. Direction of success is "increasing", as we aim to ensure all clients have access to healing services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Goal 1: To facilitate healing for all children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence.

Goal 2: To effectively coordinate the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases so that children and families receive the justice they deserve.

Goal 1 Strategies:
- Provide families with resources, referrals, education, and support needed to successfully navigate the social service systems.
- Provide families with grocery and transportation assistance to ensure basic needs are met.
- Provide trauma-informed therapy and play therapy for children and adolescents.
- Provide psycho-education for non-offending family members to ensure they have the knowledge and skills needed to parent a child following an incident of abuse or neglect.
- Provide a safe, confidential location where children can tell their stories or abuse or neglect.


Goal 2 Strategies:
- Provide audio- and video-recorded forensic interviews conducted by trained child interviewers in a child-friendly setting.
- Ensure all recorded forensic interviews are provided to law enforcement and legal agencies in a timely manner.
- Provide families with the guidance and support needed to successfully navigate the criminal justice system.
- Provide expert witness testimony in court, as requested.
- Engage with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to prevent, address, and end child abuse and neglect.

Before the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) was founded in 1992, children who had been abused or neglected had to tell their traumatic stories repeatedly. Oftentimes, children told these stories to individuals who lacked the training needed to work with children, in places that were loud and stressful, such as busy police departments.

Local child-serving leaders knew that the reporting process was re-traumatizing children and reducing the chances that the child’s testimony could be used to convict their abusers. They also knew that the lack of coordinated care in the region left children and families to navigate difficult legal channels on their own. To ensure no child or family member had to suffer through a broken system again, these child-serving leaders and organizations banded together to create the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center.

Today, CCAC still provides a healing space for children who have been abused, neglected, or have witnessed violence, and their non-offending family members. CCAC now offers forensic interviews by certified child interviewers, crisis intervention and emotional support, evidence-based counseling and therapy, case management, and assistance with navigating the criminal justice system. CCAC also provides supportive resources and referrals for services such as medical care, legal counsel, and Victims Compensation.

Our services are expertly provided by staff who have the knowledge, skills, and passion required to guide children and families through an extremely difficult time. All forensic interviewers are trained and certified in child forensic interview techniques through the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in Forsyth, Georgia. Additionally, our two therapists and Parent Support Specialist have extensive education and training in trauma-informed counseling and psycho-education for both children and adults.

Perhaps most importantly, CCAC has nearly three decades of experience protecting the safety and confidentiality of the children and families we serve. To this end, our physical address is unpublished and there are no identifying signs on the outside of the building. The center is located within a home in a residential setting to further protect child and family safety.

The Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center has provided evidence-based services for children who have been abused or neglected for nearly three decades. In the past three years alone (2017-2019), we have conducted more than 600 forensic interviews, counseled more than 800 children and family members, and offered thousands of resources and referrals to families to ensure they are able to provide for their children’s safety and basic needs.

From 2020-2022, CCAC will continue to provide evidence-based direct services for children who have been abused and neglected and will expand group therapy opportunities. We will also be working to expand our outreach and education activities so that we may more effectively prevent child abuse and neglect in the communities we serve. The goal of these activities will be to 1) increase awareness of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect and 2) increase the knowledge and skills necessary so that all community members can identify abuse or neglect and intervene appropriately. These activities will include updating our website, improving our social media presence, providing free community-based education, educating youth-serving professionals, and expanding participation in public events.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COASTAL CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 6/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Margaret Hughes Alexander

Shrink Savannah

Term: 2019 - 2021

Gerry Long

Retired, Savannah Chatham County Metropolitan Police Department

Lester Johnson, III

The Law Firm of Lester B. Johnson, III

Akeem McMichael

McMichael Enterprises

Esquina White

Chatham County Police Department

Bates Lovett

Fisher Broyles, LLP

Ericka Russell-Petty

PEds Health

Elizabeth Coolidge

Chatham County

Miriam Munn

Georgetown K-8 School

Taylor Mongin

Holland, Bromley, Barnhill & Brett

Bobbie Gillham

Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island

J. Maria Waters

Savannah Technical College, Southern New Hampshire University

Traci Alexander

Heather Murphy Group of Keller Williams Coastal Partners

Katie Messinger

Messinger Investigations, LLC

Kristi Rail

Critz, Inc.

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? 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data