Victim advocates are trained to support victims of crime. They offer emotional support, victims’ rights information, help in finding needed resources and assistance in filling out state victim compensation claims. Our advocates accompany victims and their non-offending family members through the criminal justice proceedings. Advocates work with other organizations to get help, information, or connect the victims we serve with other services.
Forensic services are provided to children who may have experienced abuse or who have witnessed a crime or other violent act. The primary aim of forensic services is to aid in ensuring the safety of the individual child as well as other children in the community. A forensic interview is a recorded interview designed to elicit a child’s unique information when there are concerns of possible abuse or severe neglect or when the child has witnessed violence. The forensic interview is conducted in a supportive and non-leading manner by a professional trained Forensic Interviewer. Interviews are remotely observed by representatives of the agencies involved in the investigation (such as law enforcement and child protective services).
SANE Medical Program
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), are nurses who have specialized training in performing forensic medical/legal examinations. During these exams, children receive diagnosis and/or treatment of injuries by a trained, caring, competent medical professional in a child-friendly environment. The purpose of the SANE medical exam of a sexually abused or physically abused child victim is specifically to assess, document, and collect forensic evidence.
Child & Family Counseling
We are a licensed mental health outpatient treatment facility to help support children and families during difficult life transitions. Our mental health program offers a full spectrum of behavioral health services, such as individual therapy, family therapy, art & play therapy, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) to ensure that clients and the community have access to a welcoming environment that aims to stabilize clients and improve their quality of life. Counseling provides a private, objective, and professional way for children and/or adults to bring about greater psychological wellness and strengthen an understanding of themselves.
In addition to our two full-time therapists, we also partner with Omni Community Health to provide mental health services based on the need of the client/family, such as mental health services that don't involve past or present trauma from abuse or neglect.
The Children's Center of the Cumberlands partner with both the Oneida Schools and the Scott County Schools to deliver prevention education services from Pre K through 12th grade. Topics and Curricula used include "Taking about Touching", the Michigan Model, personal body safety, substance abuse prevention, healthy relationships, internet safety, and abstinence. This program enables the school systems to be in compliance with provisions of TN code annotated, Title 37 part 6.
Community trainings as well as in-service trainings are also provided through the Children's Center. We have staff trained in Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children, Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting, Abusive Head Trauma (SBS), Safe Sleep/SIDS, and more.
Monthly Statistics June 2023
29 families received advocacy
0 court advocacy appearance
816 phone contacts
5 CPIT case reviews
3 FIs completed in Scott County
0 FI completed Fentress County
SANE MEDICAL PROGRAM
0 Medical Exams and/or Medical Interviews
mental Health Services
57 Clients served
132 Number of counseling sessions
376 Project 5000 food bags distributed