Since 1903, Southmountain Children & Family Services has been providing care for children and families in North Carolina. Headquartered in Morganton, NC, they operate the State’s first and only foster community near Lake James and four Children’s Advocacy Centers and Evidence-based Treatment Centers serving Burke, McDowell, Watauga, Avery, Ashe, and Yancey Counties.
In 2011, there were nearly 300 cases of child sexual abuse reported to either law enforcement or the Department of Social Services. Those cases involved child victims ranging in age from birth to 18 years. A successful method for investigating these cases is the Child Advocacy Model created in 1985 in Huntsville, Alabama. The model outlines specific protocol whereby all of the agencies that would typically be involved with the investigation; primarily DSS, law enforcement, the District Attorney, and a Medical examiner; all work together as a team.