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Whats in a name?
In 2010, a group of local professionals undertook efforts to create the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a non-profit corporation that facilitates child-focused, multi-disciplinary teamwork among the multiple professionals who handle serious child abuse cases. The CAC is both a child-focused place and considered the “best practice” approach to use when working with children and families with abuse concerns and histories.
In 2018, the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center will officially become known as the “Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center of Tuscarawas County”, as the journeys of two organizations fully align to become one. The story is one of tragedy, of honor and of HOPE. In May of 2006, 2-year-old Noah Shoup died from injuries he received while in the care of his babysitter; she was later convicted of his murder. In the wake of Noah’s death, Noah’s parents, family and friends committed their passion and energy to raising awareness and funds to fight against child abuse. Their efforts became known as Noah’s Hope, and their hard work, commitment and determination have resulted in raising a total of $130,736.73 in past 11 years to better serve victims of child abuse.
Initially, Noah’s Hope contributed all proceeds to the CARE (Children at Risk Evaluation) Center, at Akron Children’s Hospital, which evaluates and initiates treatment for children of suspected physical or sexual abuse and neglect. In 2013, the paths of Noah’s Hope and the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center converged, as the two organizations naturally supported each other’s mission and activities. Noah’s Hope has been instrumental in financially supporting the CAC from its infancy through its current growth. In fact, in 2014, it was Noah’s Hope, that purchased the necessary and expensive medical equipment that allowed the CAC to partner with Akron Children’s Hospital to provide the first of its kind, and cutting edge use of tele-health medical examinations to child sexual assault and physical abuse victims at ACH’s local New Philadelphia office. In addition to their financial support, Noah’s parents, Doug and Kristen, and older brother Evan, have been active volunteers with the CAC, and his parents have served on both the CAC’s Governing and Advisory Boards.
As 2017 came to a close, the Child Advocacy Center had provided forensic interviews to over 500 children and served many more with prevention, outreach, service coordination and advocacy from all across Tuscarawas County. In 2016, The Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center became a fully Accredited Member of the National Children’s Alliance; which means the TCCAC has obtained or exceeded the highest level of care based on 10 comprehensive standards – specific to child abuse services. The TCCAC also provides up to-date training to Multi-Disciplinary Team members and many community partners. The TCCAC is not a government entity, but rather, a cooperative process by the child serving organizations that respond to child abuse.
Since opening, the Child Advocacy Center has gradually expanded our role and our presence in the community, not only by providing forensic interviews at a child friendly location, but also by providing prevention and outreach activities with victim advocacy and service coordination through Family and Children’s First Council and Latino Cultural Connections, as well as played an central role in the development of our Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. The CAC is also active in initiatives that support child safety with local school districts, other community partners and coalitions for youth that promote health and wellness. In 2017, the CAC added Alexa, the facility dog to support to children that have experienced traumatic events. Alexa provides a calming presence to allow children to describe the difficult things that have happened to them during interviews, appointments and even court appearances.
Our multidisciplinary partners include the Tuscarawas County Department of Job and Family Services, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Office, Tuscarawas County Prosecutors Office, Akron Children’s Hospital, Alcohol and Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board of Tuscarawas County, the Tuscarawas County Family and Children’s First Council, Community Mental Health, Personal and Family Counseling Services – of Ohio Guidestone, The Village Network, Latino Cultural Connections, Compass – Rape Crisis Center, Toward the Goal Ministries, Canine Companions for Independence, and Chrysalis Counseling Agency. Financial partners that supported the development or ongoing operation of the Child Advocacy Center through donations, fund raising or grants include not only Noah’s Hope, but also the Dover Exchange Club Children’s Foundation, United Way of Tuscarawas County, the Timken Company and Foundation, Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the National Children’s Alliance, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Frontier Power, the Little Twist on Mineral City Committee, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Tuscarawas County Juvenile Court, and several Local Foundations including: Moomaw Foundation , Haman Foundation , Rosenberry Foundation , Thrivent, Austin Bailey Foundation, Souer-Garcia Foundation , Marsh Foundation, Ferguson Foundation, Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, and a few churches including Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sharon Moravian Church and multiple individual donors.
Among its many accomplishments and exciting plans, the governing board, staff and multi-disciplinary team have undertaken to rebrand the CAC. As part of that rebranding and in honor of Noah and all his family has done to support and grow the CAC, we are proud to announce the new name and logo for the “Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center of Tuscarawas County”.