CAC kicks off capital campaign
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County held the opening ceremony of its capital campaign Tuesday, to raise funds for a new 16,500 square foot facility so that they may help even more of the smallest members of the community.
CAC served 1,601 people last year and conducted 421 forensic interviews.
“We help children going through one of the most difficult situations in their lives,” Tammy King, executive director of CAC said. “When a family first walks through our doors, they could be dealing with a true crisis and are often so overwhelmed by emotions. We really need more privacy and just a lot of compassion for the families we help.
The CAC currently operates out of a center that is just over 5,000 square feet. The center was able to purchase 10 acres and pay it off, as well as any debt that was incurred in the current location.
“We’ve had to put our intern program on the back burner,” King said. “We have agreements in place with several universities to provide internships, but we can’t do that right now because we just don’t have the space.”
King hopes that with the larger space, incoming families will feel that they have more privacy while going through a trying time. The center currently conducts 300 individual therapy sessions a month, but only has one
play therapy room. Moreover, the center provides parent support groups, parent education groups, court school, trial accompaniment, medical referrals. King said the new facility will be able to accommodate clients much better.
“The new facility will have three private family rooms, a separate play area for the younger children and a teen room, and separate spaces for the family advocates,” King said.
Additionally, there will be eight therapy offices with their own private sitting areas.
However, this project will not come with an easy price tag. King said the center is looking at a $3 million price tag once everything is constructed and new furnishings and security are installed. King hopes some money will be raised by grants but said any help from the public is appreciated.
“We’re just starting, but I hope we will accomplish our goal soon,” King said.