Our mission is to reduce trauma to children and their families through a comprehensive response to child abuse while making our community safer for all children.
In addition to providing advocacy services and child abuse prevention, Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center lessens the trauma to children and their families by providing the only child-friendly place for forensic interviews and support services in Larimer and Jackson Counties. Our accredited team of experts works with law enforcement and child service agencies to reduce the number of interviews and examinations of child victims to increase the likelihood of criminal prosecution. The benefits of using the Child Advocacy Center model include:
-A child-friendly environment and the avoidance of having to travel to different places and "re-tell" their story decreases the possibility of re-traumatization.
-Child victims and non-offending caregivers receive immediate crisis intervention and referrals for various services.
-A multidisciplinary approach brings together child protection staff, law enforcement and CAC professionals for coordinated investigations, improving communication and data collection, which in turn improves outcomes.
-Saving an average of $1,000 per child abuse case compared to communities using the traditional approach to investigation and prosecution.
-During the 2015-2016 school year, we taught over 3,800 students in kindergarten through second grade personal safety and abuse prevention skills through our Safety Smarts program.
Voices Carry is a safe place for children and families when there are concerns about child abuse or emotional trauma. Voices Carry provides proven child abuse prevention, victim support, family advocacy and forensic interviews through a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. As the only agency accredited by the National Children's Alliance that serves Larimer and Jackson counties, we minimize additional trauma by bringing the team of experts to the child and family.
Child abuse occurs in our community with greater frequency than most people realize. Voices Carry is equipped to facilitate the healing of the child following a violent crime and help with the prosecution of the offender.
-According to Darkness to Light, one out of every ten children will be a victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18.
-90% of children who are sexually abused know the offender.
-Only about one-third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified, and even fewer are reported.
-Last year alone, Voices Carry conducted 279 forensic interviews and provided advocacy services to 488 children and non-offending caregivers, but we know the need is much greater.
-In fact, 2,363 children were assessed for abuse or neglect in Larimer County last year, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services. Of those cases, 314 were substantiated and 1,184 resulted in a response that provided services and resources to the family.
For nearly 20 years, Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center has been giving voice to children who have been impacted by child abuse. Each year, Voices Carry helps hundreds of children who have been seriously abused to tell their stories in a safe, child-friendly environment. As their truths emerge, and they find their voices, the caregivers who support them, are given the tools they need to access to the best treatment available. Recovery from child abuse is often a long, confusing, and painful road, and our Advocates walk alongside our clients to ensure that their needs are met.
In addition to responding to child abuse, Voices Carry seeks to prevent it. Our school-based prevention program provides a proven curriculum to children in elementary schools across Poudre School District to teach them about safe touch, and what to do if they need help. We believe that empowering children at a young age is how we build a community that simply doesn't stand for child abuse.
As the Executive Director of Voices Carry, I have been deeply touched by the compassion and professionalism that the staff at the organization demonstrates to each and every person who walks through its doors. Law enforcement and child protection agencies depend on Voices Carry to provide an environment that helps give children a voice. Please consider supporting Voices Carry this year. Your support can and will make a difference in the life of a child who needs Voices Carry to finally have a safe place to tell his/her story.
Mary Beth Swanson, Executive Director
As the president of the Child Advocacy Center, I am honored to lead the staff and board of the Child Advocacy Center to further the Mission of the Center. That mission is to reduce trauma to children and their families through a comprehensive response to child abuse. All children who seek services at the Center receive comprehensive and compassionate services from a team of dedicated professionals. We also aim to serve the community at large through prevention and education. It is easy to understand that the heart of our mission is the children of the area we serve. Every person, every resource and every dollar is used to help every child in need.
Thank you for your support,
Alan Jones, Board President
"I can't tell you how much I appreciate the countless number of hours that you and everyone at the CAC put in to help those people in need, every day! I'm just one person, but you all, as a team, bring our community a small bit of peace, kindness and love and light up what could be lives filled with darkness. Thank you!"