Mercy's Child Advocacy Center (CAC) held a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, July 13th in celebration of its new facility at 701 Jackson Street in Sioux City, Iowa.
The new center is centrally located near the heart of downtown and provides expanded space in order to provide a more accommodating environment for the children and families they serve. It will also provide enhanced privacy and security for the child victims of abuse.
Since 1989, Mercy's Child Advocacy Center has served more than 17,000 abused children and their families. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the CAC currently provides medical examination, video-taped forensic interviews, therapy, and family advocacy to 900 children annually in a child-friendly environment. Mercy has provided millions of dollars in care through the CAC without reimbursement and no family is ever charged for services. Mercy's Child Advocacy Center also offers educational opportunities and prevention services for children, adults, professionals, and agencies and schools.
"Through the generosity of the Siouxland community, Mercy is very honored and privileged to provide this beautiful new Child Advocacy Center," said Jim FitzPatrick, President and CEO. "This new space will allow our staff to continue their important work, helping abused children tell their story, in a more child-friendly, safe environment while also protecting their dignity."