Grant will help Child Advocacy Center develop medical clinic in York office

YORK – Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) has announced a grant award to the Child Advocacy Center to establish a new medical clinic at its satellite office in York.

The Child Advocacy Center grant is $92,550.

The center responds to child abuse through a team approach designed to reduce trauma, seek justice, and promote hope and healing for children and their families. A key part of her service is ensuring the physical well-being of children after trauma. A new medical clinic at the York office will provide access to comprehensive medical care for all children served by the centre, including those entering the foster care system.

Child Advocacy Center executive director Paige Piper said Women Investing in Nebraska is making a significant difference for children who are often unable to receive specialized medical care.

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“This grant will allow us to develop a medical clinic that will serve child abuse and neglect victims in York and surrounding counties,” Piper said. “This critical process ensures that children receive a head-to-toe assessment to assess their overall health and well-being, are allowed to ask questions about their bodies, and receive tests and any treatment needed to recover. We are grateful for this opportunity to provide care to the most vulnerable in our community.

The Child Advocacy Center was founded as a non-profit organization in Lincoln in 1996 and two years later began serving the community by assisting law enforcement in a formalized response to cases of child sexual abuse in southeastern Nebraska. In its first year, it served 30 Lancaster County children and now serves over 1,000 children a year in its 16 county service area.

Each year, the number of children served by the center has increased. This is partly due to increased training and knowledge of child sexual abuse cases and reporting laws and partly because multi-disciplinary teams see value in bringing cases involving children to the center .

About 225 WIN members personally contributed to making the grants possible, and committee members reviewed the proposals through a four-step process culminating in a member vote for the two recipients (the other being the University of Nebraska-Kearney for its Hispanic College Preparation Program). WIN members are made up of women in and outside Nebraska who, through their collective giving, address issues important to Nebraskanians.

“WIN members continue to make a significant impact within our state, as evidenced by the grants we were able to award this year to highly deserving organizations and projects,” said WIN President Susan Fritz of Crete. “Each year, we witness the great concern and support that the University of Nebraska and Nebraska’s many nonprofit organizations have for the people and communities of our great state.”