Natchez Children's Services
"Our core philosophy is that child abuse is a multifaceted community problem; and no single agency, individual or discipline has the necessary knowledge, skills or resources to serve all the needs of all children and their families." -- Karla Steckler Tye, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused, community-based program that focuses on children ages 3 through 18 who have been victimized by physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect, or traumatized by witnessing a violent crime. It also serves adults who do not have the cognitive ability to protect themselves.
The services of the Children’s Advocacy Center can be life-changing, if not life-saving, for the child victims it reaches. Without the Center, most child abuse victims in the 5-county area would enter adulthood with no opportunity for healing. Without therapy, victims often pay a lifetime price in psychological complications (cognitive delays, depression), physical health issues (brain damage), and behavioral consequences (high-risk or sexualized behaviors, juvenile delinquency). Society as a whole is burdened with juvenile delinquency, adult crime, and greater child welfare costs.
These costs - to the child and to society - can be mitigated or avoided because of the critical services of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Natchez Children's Services is the oldest nonprofit organization in Mississippi and among the oldest continuously operated, child-focused organizations in the United States.