AWAKE Children's Advocacy Center
Adults Working and Advocating for Kids’ Empowerment, a 501(c)3 private non-profit organization, grew from a dream of representatives from various Jackson County public agencies and private organizations in 1992. These people were concerned about the destruction of child abuse to children, families and the community. Taking child victims to multiple agencies for interviews often re-victimized the children. The unanimous concern for improving the system on behalf of the children led to the formal organization of AWAKE.
Imagine your 10 year old child coming to you and telling you that they have been sexually abused by a close family member. Imagine having to take your child to the police department, where they are interviewed by a detective. Then you take your child to the hospital, where a doctor performs a medical exam on your child and asks them about what happened. Then imagine a socia lworker coming to your home and again aking your child to re-tell their storyof abuse.
Now, imagine having one place that is child-friendly and confidential to bring your child where they will be interviewed by a trained forensic interviewer, while the social worker and law enforcement officer observe. Your child is given a medical exam by a professional that has specialized training in child abuse exams. You meet Victim Services Coordiantor that will answer your questions and follow up with you after you leave. Your child is then referred to any needed services and has an oppurtunity to ask any questions they may have. Then, you and your child can come back to the same place to have counseling appointments. That is what AWAKE offers. They cannot take away the pain of going through a child abuse investigation, but they can offer you constant support and a child-friendly environment for your child and your family.