Mount Nittany Health’s Children’s Advocacy Center opens today, Friday, February 21, 2014 to serve children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.
The primary focus of the Children’s Advocacy Center is the well being of the child, making him or her feel safe so that the child can share their account and begin the process of healing.
From law enforcement to child protective services, medical examiners, prosecution, victim’s advocates and others involved in the collaborative approach, the Children’s Advocacy Center coordinates and conducts forensic interviews and medical examinations in Mount Nittany Health’s facility at 129 Medical Park Lane, Bellefonte. The Children’s Advocacy Center is adjacent to Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics. Pediatricians from the Pediatrics practice have been trained to conduct forensic medical exams and taken a leadership role in the development of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Under the leadership of Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, the Children’s Advocacy Center is prepared to meet the needs of children and families in the region. By providing a community-based, child-focused center that facilitates a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach, the Children’s Advocacy Center’s mission is to prevent, identify, intervene and treat child abuse and neglect.
For more detailed information about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, or to watch a video interview with Kristina Taylor-Porter, visit mountnittany.org/childrens-advocacy-center.