Advisory Committee Member Margie Porter, Program Director Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Prevention Specialist Cindy Dobbins, and Visitors Jessi Blackwell and Allison Porter
Advisory Committee Member Margie Porter, Program Director Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak,
Prevention Specialist Cindy Dobbins, and Visitors Jessi Blackwell and Allison Porter

Annual Open House at Child Advocacy Center in Blairsville, Georgia

The 2nd Annual Community Open House was recently held at the Enotah Child Advocacy and Family Support Center in Blairsville, Georgia . Advisory Committee Member Margie Porter, Program Director Tina Chiarelli-Helminiak, Prevention Specialist Cindy Dobbins, Family Support Center Coordinator Janet Kowalski, and other staff members greeted guests and gave tours of the building.

The Enotah Child Advocacy and Family Support Center serves Union and Towns counties. It is a place "where children are seen, heard, and believed." The mission of the Child Advocacy Center is to provide a child-focused community response to child abuse. The Child Advocacy Center is a safe place where kids who have been hurt can come and talk to someone about what happened.

The Child Advocacy Center offers specialized services including forensic interviewing, forensic medical evaluations, coordination of cases through a case tracking system, training for community agencies and organizations, therapeutic support, support groups, and activity programs.

The Enotah Child Advocacy and Family Support Center is a non-profit organization. Their goal is to create a healing environment for children. Realizing that every child is unique, services are tailored to meet each individual's needs and therapeutic goals.

The Child Visitation Program is part of the Family Support Center and exists to provide placement, prevention, and reunification services to parents of children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Specialized services include supervised visitations, parenting education, and follow-up contacts to provide ongoing support.

The heart of the Child Advocacy Center is the Multidisciplinary Team. Made up of child victim advocates, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, child protective service providers, medical professionals, and mental health professionals, the team approach places the focus on the child and combines the wisdom and professional knowledge of each team member. This allows for a more complete understanding of case issues and a more supportive response for the child victim and family. The Enotah Child Advocacy and Family Support Center promotes safe and stable family environments.