Great Circle’s Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center Reaccredited by National Children’s Alliance
Center Serves Southeast Missouri Child Victims of Abuse
(Poplar Bluff – November 16, 2018) – Great Circle’s Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center has been reaccredited by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. The Alliance serves as the accrediting agency for children’s advocacy centers across the country. It ensures all accredited members are responding to allegations of child abuse in effective and efficient ways, and always put the needs of the child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is valid for five years.
Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center is one of 16 state-mandated centers in Missouri and serves several southeast counties from its Poplar Bluff and Doniphan offices. Great Circle’s specially trained staff conducts about 200 forensic interviews and child assessments each year in cases of suspected child abuse. It has been operating since 2003, and accredited by NCA since 2006.
In addition to the Child Advocacy Center, Great Circle operates a shelter in Poplar Bluff for children needing temporary housing and an emergency shelter in Doniphan for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. Great Circle also provides behavioral health-focused programs to strengthen children and families.
“Great Circle is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse by ensuring each one has access to high quality services,” said Teresa Huizar, NCA’s executive director. “By requiring re-accreditation every five years, we ensure evidence-based practices are being implemented and service remains at the highest possible quality.”
Great Circle is a statewide behavioral health nonprofit with 20 locations across Missouri, including centralized services on its Columbia, Marshall, Springfield, St. James and St. Louis campuses. With a staff of about 1,400 statewide, Great Circle will serve more than 38,000 children and individuals in 2018. For more information about Great Circle and its behavioral health programs and services, visit www.greatcircle.org
Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center Reaccredited
NCA is the national association and accrediting body for 777 children’s advocacy centers and 49 state chapters serving all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NCA provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals throughout the United States, and the world. It was founded in 1990, to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.