Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center
At Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, hope begins. Its mission is to achieve healing and justice for victims of child abuse, reducing any further trauma to children who have already experienced a traumatic event. Mission Kids provides a center for the team investigation of child abuse cases. The multidisciplinary team approach at Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center brings together everyone who responds to child abuse in the community to help deal with the crisis at hand.
“All of these professionals surround this child at Mission Kids,” said executive director Leslie Slingsby. “The child and family come here and they have a forensic interview, and the entire team is meeting and watching the interview, but they’re also strategizing. They’re talking ahead of time and sharing information to see how they can best help that child and conduct an investigation.”
Over the past decade, Mission Kids has reduced the number of interviews that kids have had to endure, helped ensure accountability for offenders against children, and contributed to an increase in the number of kids seeing a child abuse doctor. For more information, visit www.missionkidscac.org.
Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation has supported the work of Mission Kids with 15 grants totaling over $310,000 since first partnering with the organization in 2008. In the Fall 2022 grant cycle, the Foundation provided $25,000 in financial support to provide vital services at Mission Kids’ new Pottstown location.