Children In Crisis, Inc

Hope Heal Empower

aka Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center   |   Summerville, SC   |  http://www.dorchesterchildren.org/

Mission

The mission of our center is to provide a coordinated, evidence-based response to child abuse that reduces trauma and provides treatment for the children and families in our community in a safe child-focused environment.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Dr. Kay W. Phillips

Main address

303 East Richardson Ave

Summerville, SC 29483 USA

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EIN

57-1078099

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) is addressing the problem of child abuse and the need for a coordinated, community response to aid in the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. DCAC follows a national model set forth by the National Children's Alliance, the national accrediting body for Child Advocacy Centers. This model has enabled DCAC to establish formal partnerships with over 60 agencies to provide a one stop shop for child victims and their families to receive critical services. Instead of subjecting clients to repeated interviews at various agencies, this model coordinates services and programs in a centrally located, child-friendly atmosphere that reduces the risk of re-traumatization to the victim. Without the national CAC model, there would be fragmented and inefficient response to child abuse claims by subjecting the child victims to repeated interviews and various agencies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Forensic Interviews

A forensic interview is a recorded interview designed to obtain a child’s information and statement when there are concerns of possible abuse or neglect or when a child has witnessed violence against another person. The forensic interview may be completed with a child or teen (3 years to 17 years of age) and developmentally delayed adults.

The primary objective of a forensic interview is to aid in ensuring the safety of a child, as well as other children in the home or community. Other goals are to obtain information to assist agencies involved in an investigation (such as law enforcement and child protective services,) to assess for all types of child abuse or neglect, to assess for medical or mental health needs, and to document the child’s statement for legal purposes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

A Forensic Medical Exam may be requested by the investigative team, by a caregiver or pediatrician. The purpose of the exam is to collect evidence, to diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections or injuries, to assess for pregnancy, and to identify and document any forensically significant findings, as well as any other medical conditions and/or psychological/psychiatric concerns. Most importantly, it is performed to reassure the child/teen and family that his/her body is okay.

At DCAC, forensic medical exams are completed by Nurse Practitioners, Doctors, and Medical Care Professionals from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics who have received specialized training in child abuse and neglect cases.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

DCAC hires and trains masters-level clinicians to provide children and their families with evidence-based trauma treatment. Currently, DCAC offers TF-CBT, AF-CBT, CPT, SBP, and CFTSI. Therapy programs are offered in both individual and group settings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DCAC is dedicated to creating communities in which children and their families live free from abuse and are free to reach their full potential. DCAC provides evidence-based practices to reduce trauma symptoms and offer healing to child abuse victims and their families.

Every five years, the leadership team and staff members at DCAC develops and implements a Strategic Plan which identifies goals, objectives, and strategies. In the 2017- 2022 Strategic Plan, DCAC has identified five goals areas and strategies:

GOAL: Workforce Excellence
o Strategies: Build solid team relationships; consistent use of pre-employment assessments; clearly explain DCAC mission and objectives to team members

GOAL: Interagency Collaboration
o Strategies: Continue to research the best practices of evidence-based treatment; Build solid MDT relationships; Consistent education to MDT on DCAC services and programs

GOAL: Expand Awareness and Prevention Programs
o Strategies: Maintain and expand provision of educational information to all child serving organizations regarding child abuse and neglect to include identifying and reporting child abuse

GOAL: Support DCAC Clinical Programs
o Strategies: Maintain and expand contact with caregivers regarding treatment options and benefits as well as identifying barriers to treatment.

GOAL: Diversify Funding Streams.
o Strategies: Increase monthly and annual giving campaigns; Expand research of new grant and donor prospects; Increase sponsorships at fundraising events; Maintain and expand donor stewardship methods

DCAC is a 501 (c) 3 and nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center through the National Children's Alliance. DCAC as an organization is capable of establishing clinical programs and fiscal operations as well as basic sound administrative policies and procedures. Each year, DCAC contracts with an accounting firm to conduct an annual independent Financial Audit.

Specific to the field, all DCAC staff members are required to submit to screenings that are performed according to state law. These screenings include a SLED criminal background check, national sex offender registry (FBI), child abuse registry, educational credentials, drivers record, reference check, and financial background check. All DCAC interns and volunteers are required to submit to screenings that are performed according to state law. These screenings include a SLED criminal background check and National sexual offender checks (FBI). All staff, interns, and volunteers are required to complete a mandatory overview of DCAC operations, the CAC Model, and Child Abuse Dynamics, as well as, provided appropriate training and supervision according to the duties they will perform.

Since its founding in 2003, DCAC has served over 17,000 clients in Dorchester and Berkeley Counties of South Carolina. The Clinical Services Program has expanded to include evidence-based treatment programs such as TF-CBT, AF-CBT, CPT, SBP, and CFTSI. Programs also include support groups such as Be Safe, Girls Circle, and non-offending parent support groups. The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) has also expanded to include over 60 partnering agencies to aid in the prosecution, investigation, and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases. Finally, the staff has expanded to include 22 full-time positions and 23 Board of Director positions. In 2017, DCAC had the organizational capacity to serve 1,150 children and their families. DCAC is always striving for organizational and program excellence to provide the highest quality of services to those impacted by child abuse and neglect.

Financials

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Operations

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Children In Crisis, Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Wood

Sharon Laney

Edward Tupper

Michael Wood

Ellen Adkins

Barbara Davenport

Colin Martin

Cathy Quinn

Kelly Alfreds

Brian Anderson

Vanessa Boyd-Davis

Taylor Clarkson

Marlena Franklin

Bert Gary

Tim Hudson

Brandon Lutes

Lana Musti

Tony Pope

Michael Salley

Jessica Stafford

Anna Stoudenmire

Brooks Styles

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data