SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center is taking a step to reach even more at-risk children in the community this week, specifically in Chatham County’s Hispanic population.
The non-profit just opened a new Hispanic Outreach Center off Ogeechee Road. City leaders say this was a much-needed step toward reaching an under-served part of the county. The outreach center has bi-lingual therapists, counselors and advocates who will be able to help children between the ages of 2 and 17 who have been the victims of sexual or severe physical abuse or have witnessed violence.
The suite is located in a shopping center just off Ogeechee Road (4395 Ogeechee Rd., Suite 203), which Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center leaders say is an area near higher densities of Latino communities.
Executive Director Rose Grant-Robinson says they are also working to get the word out about the new center’s services through community partners, like the City of Savannah’s Hispanic Outreach, Leadership and Advocacy task force, because they know, statistically speaking, that there are children in the community who aren’t getting the help they need.
“We saw over two hundred and something kids last year alone, but only out of that two hundred and something we only saw 15 Hispanic children. And we do know, with this being Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are aware that one in seven children are abused. But it doesn’t say African-American or Caucasian, it just says children are being abused,” said Grant-Robinson.
The executive director says the new office and outreach initiative is largely possible thanks to hundreds of thousands of dollars awarded to her non-profit last year by the previous district attorney.