Safe Harbor Receives Grant From Community Foundation

Approximately 200 children in Kosciusko County will benefit from a recent grant awarded to the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center (CAC) by the Community Foundation. The Center was formed in 2020 to provide a multi-team approach in conducting forensic interviews of victims under the age of 18 years of age who have experienced physical, mental, or sexual abuse.

“The grant monies we received from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation were used to provide further protection technology to our facility. This added benefit has equipped our teams to better assess the developmental levels of each child prior to the team interview.” said Kelly Bugg, Executive Director of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

Safe Harbor seeks to change the investigation process by providing a safe, friendly environment and caring staff trained to help children in times of crisis. The child is able to tell their story while information is documented for further review by law enforcement, caseworkers, prosecutors, victim advocates, mental health professionals, and the courts. “The goal is to find the truth and for the kids to tell their story in a child-friendly environment.” said Bugg. “We are grateful for the support from the Community Foundation as we work together to positively change the lives of children experiencing abuse in our county.”