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Children's
advocacy center

ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

ottawa county | Michigan


SERVICES OFFERED


OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Children’s Advocacy Center believe child abuse is a community problem. Past experience has taught us that no single agency can possibly meet all the needs of sexually victimized children and their families. Experience has also taught us that taking child victims from agency to agency over and over for multiple interviews, traumatizes the children and, in fact, re­victimizes them. We are committed to providing a coordinated, multi­disciplinary team approach including Protective Services, Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Medical and Mental Health professionals. It is our goal to provide programs and support services for child victims and their families which will enable them to heal emotionally and physically.

WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING SERVICES. please click on the following to learn more.

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ to learn more.

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WAYS TO DONATE TO THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

Our Wish List

CHILD THERAPY SUPPLIES
Washable markers, acrylic paints, small art canvases, scrapbooking materials, Hobby Lobby and Michael's gift cards.

DRINKS AND SNACKS
Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, bottled water, Sam's Club and Meijer's gift cards.

IMPORTANT OFFICE SUPPLIES
Copy paper, postage stamps, DVD-R black discs, manilla file folders (1/3 cut), office supply store gift cards.

ESSENTIALS
Sanitizing wipes, tissues, paper towel rolls, hand soap, Sam's Club gift cards, gas cards and fast food restaurant cards for court days.

BIG DREAMS
Donated breakfast and lunches for Center tours and Multidisciplinary Team case review meetings, frequent flier miles for staff to use for training, advertising space in print and broadcast media, updated donor management system. 

For more information on donation opportunities, please contact Darcy Komejan, Executive Director, at
616-393-6123 or dkomejan@cac-ottawa.org


Volunteer Opportunities

In order to volunteer at the Children's Advocacy Center, all potential applicants must fill out an application and pass (2) background checks. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amy Dalman, Volunteer Coordinator, at adalman@cac-ottawa.org or 616-393-6123. The following is our list of the different volunteer positions:

child room waiting room supervision

Assists with providing comfort to anxious and distressed children before/after their interview. When child abuse investigators are meeting with the children's parents, children will be supervised by this volunteer. Activities include reading, art projects, puzzles, etc. 

Facility volunteer

Assists with the facility maintenance and cleaning, yard maintenance, snow removal, etc. This volunteer service can be on-going or on an as needed basis. 

Community volunteer

Any person and/or group that provides service through donations, fund raising, or time spent doing a one-time project. This may include such things as seasonal decorating, planting flower beds, making quilts, making cookies, etc. 

office volunteer

Assists with answering phones, filing, welcoming visitors, directing families to appropriate areas, making copies and packet preparation, This volunteer service is on an as needed basis. 

practicum student

College and High School students who require practicum experience may volunteer at the Center. They will be supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator and offsite school practicum advisers. Students under age 18 must fill out the proper paperwork and have a letter of recommendation from a teacher. ***Students under age 18 will not be able to volunteer at any fundraising event serving alcohol. 

event committee

We currently have (3) main fundraising events annually. Each event has a separate event committee that meets anywhere from 5-7 times before each event. (Usually of a 4-5 month span). By agreeing to this commitment, you will attend all meetings and assist in soliciting donations, sponsorship's, new event attendees, etc.