What We Do

Forensic Interviews

A forensic interview is a neutral, developmentally and culturally appropriate conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) that the child may have experienced or witnessed.

Family Advocacy

The Family Advocacy Program provides services to non-offending caregivers of children interviewed at the Appalachian Children's Center. A Family Advocate will meet with the non-offending caregiver while their child is being interviewed to assist with resources in the area as well as answer any questions they may have.

Therapy

Our mental health services are provided by professionals with specialized training in trauma-focused, evidence-supported, mental health treatment.

The primary treatment model employed at the ACC is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is widely regarded as the most effective treatment with sexually abused and traumatized children. It has the strongest research support of any treatment model with traumatized children and is identified as “Best Practice” for therapy with sexually abused children.

MDT Response

MDT response stands for multi-disciplinary team response– the MDT team is composed of representatives from law enforcement, child protective services, the District Attorney’s Office, medical field, mental health field, and ACC staff. These representatives work together to coordinate intervention in order to reduce potential future trauma for children and their non-offending caregivers.

OUR MISSION

Appalachian Children’s Center provides services to children and families who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. We also offer multiple layers of personal care through our community partners and resources.  ACC serves 3 counties in North Georgia by offering safety, comfort, and hope to over 400 – 500 children, youth and teens each year.

OUR VISION

Appalachian Children’s Center  envisions a community without child abuse where every child feels safe.

OUR VALUES

– Service –

We provide quality and excellence in all we do.

– Love –

We serve our families, children, and youth with care and passion.

– Integrity –

We work to build relationships built on trust and mutual respect.

– Hope –

We believe our clients can be more than they are today.

Volunteer

Volunteers are important to our organization. Click to learn more about our current volunteer needs.

Wish List

Many people choose to support our organization through product donations. Please review this list for items currently needed by the organization.

ACC Legacy Project

(Building Campaign)
Each year, Georgia reports 127,000 cases of abuse and lands near the bottom of all states in child well-being. We have to take more action. While we serve many, we could be serving more…. and bringing related services together.

Donate

The Appalachian Children's Center Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that operates exclusively on grants and donations.

Impact

Children bravely sat in an interview room to report their experiences of abuse or trauma at our center last year.
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Georgia ranks 38th in the nation for children's well-being.
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Children and adults were served through our resource partners
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The percentage of confirmed child maltreatment cases in Georgia that were neglect in 2020.
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Contact Us

Office Hours

Monday – Friday

Weekdays – After Hours

Saturday – Sunday



Therapeutic Services
& Forensic Interviews

By Appointment Only