“It is always most reaffirming to hear a child say ”thank you“ or ”I feel so much better“ after coming to Susie’s Place. But it makes me even more proud when I hear a child thank one of the forensic interviewers I’ve trained.”
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“CACs continue to establish themselves as pillars of their communities for the treatment and prevention of abuse and child maltreatment. These are our children we’re talking about. There will be CAC service for today’s 10,958 kids or the next 10,000 that come,” says Lutz.
Susie’s Place staff conducted over 1,000 interviews in 2016 across two current locations in Avon and Bloomington.
At the current rate of caseload increase, Indiana CACs can expect to see just over 11,000 cases in 2017 and around 14,000 cases by 2020.
“These kids do not have any sort of caregiver looking out for their well-being. They’re not receiving guidance or discipline, they’re not always making it to school, and they’re certainly not being nurtured.”
Heather Eberth-Teike has become very busy lately providing mental health services to a growing list of children.
In southwest Indiana, 7 counties have come together for the benefit of children in their community. Working against a growing caseload, tough geography, and minimal resources, Tammy Lampert is telling kids, “we care”.