Child Advocacy Center opens in York County
YORK COUNTY (WGME) -- Many people are celebrating the opening of a child advocacy center in the York County courthouse.
The program will help children who were victims of sexual abuse by providing them a safe place to tell their story, while minimizing the impact on their mental health down the road.
Organizers say traditionally, kids will have to retell their stories five to six times before they even reach court, whereas this program provides one account for every step of the legal process.
It's a solution child care workers say is life changing.
"And to eventually be a state that meets child abuse victims where they are at, and ensure they have services and that they can recover in whatever way is best for the individual family,” Molly Louison, program manager, said.
This is the fourth child advocacy center to open in Maine, and organizers say pretty soon every health district in the state will have one.