Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter in Fort Oglethorpe gets new lo­ca­tion, rec­og­nizes Child Abuse Preven­tion Month

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

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

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