He envisioned a place designed specifically for youngsters, where they would feel welcomed and valued. Where specially trained adults knew how to interview children and help them heal from abuse. He went on to gather a group of people who would work together over the next two years to make his vision a reality. Hear Chief Hegarty’s story here.
The Children’s Advocacy Center opened its doors in 1993. Over the next 25 years, we served nearly 20,000 Kent County suspected victims of child sexual abuse.
New name, new building, same mission.
In 2018, the Center changed its name to the Children’s Advocacy Center, reflecting the broader scope of services we’ve come to offer through the years. We also moved into a new, larger building to offer expanded programming and accommodate more of the 1,000 cases of suspected cases of child abuse reported in Kent County each year. Not only that, the Center was recently recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Certified.