February 21, 2012

Children Advocacy Center opens

Morning Sentinel Staff

WATERVILLE -- The Children Advocacy Center recently opened at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Seton Campus. The center will help reduce trauma for young victims by streamlining the interview process. For the first time, sexually abused children in Kennebec and Somerset counties have a comforting place to talk about their trauma to prosecutors, social workers, police and others involved in their case.

The center has a comfortable, child-friendly interview room. One specially-trained forensic interviewer will talk to the child while others monitor the interview via closed circuit television in an adjacent conference room.

Also taking part in the opening celebration were Alan Kelley, acting district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties and Anne Lynn, project director, Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center. Many organizations joined to bring the center from drawing board to reality. Representatives from many of those community partners attended the recent event.

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