Childhaven is pleased to announce that it has received a grant for $628,681 from the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The grant, which was awarded to only six other Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) in the lower 48 states, will be utilized to expand CAC services for the tribal communities in our region. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Sexual Assault Prevention Chairwomen, applauds Childhaven New Mexico for securing federal funds to extend Child Advocacy Center services into Tribal Communities. The Navajo Nation Council heard from law enforcement, health care providers, social workers and other programs on the resources needed to begin immediate coordination for a comprehensive response to child victims of domestic and sexual abuse on the Navajo Nation.
Childhaven operates two nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Centers, one in Farmington and another in Gallup, where we investigate cases of child abuse. Childhaven’s Forensic Interviewers and Family Advocates act as first responders for children who are in distress and in need of a forensic interview. Children who are involved in a criminal investigation – because they have witnessed or been victims of violent or sexual crimes – are brought to our CACs where trained staff conduct a developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed interview to support a cross-discipline, coordinated investigation that includes CAC staff, law enforcement, child protective services, and prosecution. Interviews are recorded for and distributed to involved law enforcement agencies so children do not have to repeat accounts of the horrific events they experienced and can move on to healing through therapy, case management and other behavioral health services that they and their supportive family members can access with help from our Family Advocates. This nationally accredited service model assures healing and justice for children and their supportive caregivers. Childhaven optimizes outcomes for these victims by conducting case tracking and multi-disciplinary team case review meetings. Staff also testify in court on the evidence gathered, further supporting this collaborative response to child abuse. Childhaven’s Children’s Advocacy Centers in Farmington and Gallup, NM served as the first points of contact for nearly 300 abuse cases in 2020 and, as of this date, 105 cases in 2021.
This is a four-year grant focused on expanding CAC services in tribal communities. Childhaven has been providing CAC services in San Juan County since 1995 and expanded to McKinley County in 2015.