50 Stars in 50 States – Archive

50 Stars – Archive


March 2015

Below are our Stars highlighted in March 2015. Congratulations!

Arizona – The Southwest Family Advocacy Center Multidiscplinary Team

Arizona MDTThe multidisciplinary team of the Southwest Family Advocacy Center in Goodyear AZ is a model of collaboration that rivals the accomplishments of Superheroes. Each member and agency of the SWFAC multidisciplinary team exhibits Superhero talents in the name of every child who walks through our doors. They are the voice of the children as they fight for truth, justice and healing. We recently celebrated the work of the SWFAC MDT at a Superhero breakfast. The Superhero cutouts are placed in the playroom for children to get their picture taken and/or they can have picture of their Superhero MDT member.  To learn more about the superheroes at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center, visit their website at http://swfac.nationalchildrensalliance.org/ or follow them on twitter @SouthwestFAC.


Illinois – The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and the PATHH Collaboration

All victims of child sexual abuse deserve timely, appropriate and effective mental health treatment. Unfortunately, child victims often face long wait lists and obstacles that block them from receiving the help they need and deserve. In Chicago PATHH Logoresponse, Chicago CAC convened the PATHH Collaboration, an innovative program aimed at expanding mental health resources in Chicago and ensuring children and their families receive the treatment needed to move towards hope and healing. To learn more about the PATTH Collaboration and the Chicago CAC, visit their YouTube channel at youtu.be/Mj8EwiMSJrs.  You can also learn more about the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center by visiting their website at http://www.chicagocac.org/ or by following them on twitter @ChicagoChildren

February 2015

Below are our Stars highlighted in February 2015.  Congratulations one and all!

The Gingerbread House Team

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Evelyn Mejil, Executive Director, Wynona’s House
New Jersey

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Shauna Galloway-Williams, Executive Director, the Julie Valentine Center
South Carolina

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