Partnership wants Child Advocacy Center

ESCANABA — Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom announced a local partnership to establish a regional Child Advocacy Center in Delta County. This service will provide a more child friendly, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive service to children and families in a time of crisis.

Strom is partnering with local and regional prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, tribal representatives, Department of Health and Human Services, Community Mental Health and Human Services, Community Mental Health, county officials, and the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center nonprofit group (https://www.mikids.org) which was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help further develop the project.

At this time, there are no accredited Child Advocacy Centers in the Upper Peninsula. The Northern Michigan Child Advocacy Center Group currently serves children and families in the Lower Peninsula counties of Clare, Gladwin, and Missaukee.

“In Delta County, all agencies work well together but they do not have a centralized, neutral location that would allow for the most effective and efficient investigation that would best account for the sensitivities to child victims and the victim’s family. The Child Advocacy Center will be a great service to crime victims and their families. The local partnership is currently seeking additional community assistance to secure the remainder of funds necessary to finalize the Child Advocacy Center,” a press release issued by Strom stated..

Upcoming events will include a presentation to the Delta County Board of Commissioners at the Dec. 19 board meeting, a county investigation protocol signing event, and eventually an open house to introduce the community to the Child Advocacy Center.

Any interested community members or potential donors can contact Bethany Law, executive director and founder of NMCAC at (989) 615-5002 or Delta County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Strom at (906) 789-5115

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