April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and during this month Southmountain wants to celebrate Leroy the Dog, our treasured, 4-footed friend! Leroy’s “handler” is Rhonda Robbins, Southmountain’s Victim Advocate; and Leroy was provided and trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Leroy was trained to work with traumatized individuals; and according to Rhonda, he has been an amazing addition to our Children's Advocacy Centers! Leroy is available to help children served by Southmountain’s four Children’s Advocacy Center by assisting in court, counseling, forensic interviews, child medical exams, and victim advocacy.
Leroy’s presence at the Children’s Advocacy Centers has calmed and deescalated children and their non-offending caregivers as child abuse investigations are carried out, during what are usually tense, scary, traumatic situations. Leroy had also made an amazing contribution towards the prevention of child abuse. He has been a “Super Star” in McDowell schools and community where he has helped Rhonda with body safety prevention.
- Southmountain News
Child Advocacy Center Director Beth Cali Presents at National Conference
Beth Cali Director and Forensic Interviewer at the Burke County Child Advocacy Center recently presented research during a training session at the National Adolescent Perpetration Network. NAPN is subsidiary of the Kempe Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect which is attached to the University of Colorado School of …
Southmountain Sponsors Poster Contest For Prevention To Child Abuse Month
MARION, NC (Mar. 23, 2014) – To recognize and support Prevention to Child Abuse Month, which begins April 1, the McDowell County Child Advocacy Center is holding a poster contest for all fourth graders throughout the county. The McDowell County Child Advocacy Center is part of Southmountain Child and Family Services’ network of child a…
Southmountain Names Burke County Child Advocacy Center Director
MORGANTON, NC (Mar. 6, 2014) – Beth Cali, a lifelong resident of Burke County, recently was recently appointed as Director of the Burke County Child Advocacy Center for Southmountain Children and Family Services. As director, Cali is responsible for structuring and conducting interviews of suspected child abuse victims and facilitating multidisci…