DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Child Advocacy Center in Dothan is a resource for families and children that are victims of abuse and neglect, working with a team of experts ranging from therapists, DHR, law enforcement and even forensic interviewers.
With April being Child Abuse Awareness Month, the center is using this time to improve its operations to better serve its clients. As Alabama moves closer to reopening, the Child Advocacy Center is preparing to return to business as usual.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of things kind of flipped upside down,” said Scarlett Chramer, development advocate for the CAC. “But for things that we have postponed, we’re looking to reschedule those things in the summer, possibly the fall. So it’s not just that we are done with our efforts, it’s just we are going to have to change some things up.”
COVID-19 has caused organizational changes as half of the team works inside the center and the other operates from their homes. Inside the facility, employees continue taking precautions as they hold crisis-only sessions.
“So one of the things that we are doing right now during this COVID-19 pandemic is making sure that we eliminate contact surfaces, so we have taken up our toys and started to put out coloring books and kids’ books, so it’s not only educational, but there’s less risk of spreading this virus,” Chramer explained.
According to the center, data is limited on the number of cases that have been affected by COVID-19. However, team members said they prepared to handle a possible influx of cases as students remain out of school and out of their routine schedules.
“We’re hopeful with the announcement of Governor Kay Ivey, that we can start back to our normal process soon,” Chramer said.
Along with the Child Advocacy Center, you can see the administration tower and the fountain in downtown Dothan illuminated in blue in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.
For more information, you can go to www.southeastcac.org or call them at 334-671-1779.