The ACC is a children’s advocacy center serving the Appalachian Judicial Circuit
that includes Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens Countes
The mission of the Appalachian Children’s Center is to advocate for the safety of all children and to reduce the trauma of child abuse victims and their families.
The Appalachian Children’s Center’s (ACC) purpose is to provide immediate support and assistance to child victims and their families. These services may include advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, forensic interviews, forensic medical exams and help locating needed resources and services.
The ACC provides programs and services for children ages 3 to 17 years of age and their families where there is trauma and/or neglect or allegations of abuse and/or neglect. Additional services include individual, family and group counseling, educational opportunities, support groups for caregivers, and play therapy, parenting classes, advocacy and education.
The ACC is a private, non-profit, 501c3 organization. The primary service location is Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens Counties. However, the center does work with any child that has suffered trauma and/or neglect. Services are provided free of charge to any child or family in need by a referral. Non-emergency services are available Monday through Friday 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM.
The Appalachian Children’s Center, Inc. is fully accredited through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Georgia as well as the National Children’s Alliance. The clinical staff all has at least a master’s degree and is licensed in Georgia. The ACC utilizes Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the cornerstone of the clinical services. This is an evidenced-based clinical program designed specifically for children who have experienced trauma