Children’s Advocacy Center in Fort Oglethorpe gets new location, recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit (CACLMJC) recently moved to new location in Fort Oglethorpe just in time to raise awareness about April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The center, which specializes in the intervention and prevention of child abuse, moved from its old location behind Cornerstone Medical Center to West Forrest Drive a few streets away.
After the March 8 move, the organization held an open house on Thursday, April 13, to introduce people to its new facility.
“We’ve made it our own,” said CAC Executive Director Aleks Jagiella-Litts. “We have our therapy rooms, interview room, medical room, two therapists on staff, a real-time viewing room, and our board room. We also really want to become an education arm, so we want to start offering support groups and do more education, which is exciting.”
The new facility is the former headquarters of Joy Carpets, a company that did a lot in assisting CAC with its move.
“Joy Carpets did the build-out for us and they’ve been so great,” Jagiella-Litts said. “They have just gone above and beyond to take care of us, which has been really nice.”
CAC is a non-profit organization that is always looking for ways to prevent child abuse, break cycles of abuse within families, and raise funds to be able to support the local children in need.
“We’re always looking for funding,” Jagiella-Litts said. “We would love to get some new items. If anyone has old gift cards they might be willing to donate, that would be great because then we can take those even if they just have like $10 on it, and go to Dillard’s or somewhere and purchase a couple of little things to add. We would love to get new jackets and things like that. During the winter time, that’s something we’re always in need of so we can make sure kids have what the attire they need when it’s cold.”
To raise more awareness and further educate people, Jagiella-Litts says the center is planning a Child Abuse conference on Oct. 2 at the Dalton