Women of Inspiration raises funds for Children’s Advocacy Centers
The Women of Inspiration event is an annual fundraiser which supports the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.
These centers are stretched statewide and rely on support in order to provide the resources and services for child abuse and neglect.
The 2017 Arkansas Woman of Inspiration honored at Wednesday evening’s event is Lisenne Rockefeller. The dinner event includes a silent auction and a professional fashion show.
The executive director of the Children's Protection Center, Jennifer Long, says proceeds raised support programs which aid in child abuse and neglect.
"That's kind of like a larger organization that's comprised of the smaller centers of the state that serve directly our smaller communities. This center for example, Children's Protection Center, serves Pulaski County. We have other centers in other parts of the state that do similar work to what we are doing here," Long said.
Services made available through this support include a mental health program, a medical exam, and an advocacy program to walk families through the response of child abuse.
"The different agencies that work on these kinds of cases in our community come together at CPC to help kids. We coordinate that effort, so if an investigator needs to get information from a child we have a forensic interviewer who speaks to that child at their level in a way that is less traumatizing," Long said.
The mission of Children's Advocacy Centers is extended through the implementation of expanding centers throughout the state.
"Women of Inspiration helps not only raise money but helps raise awareness about child abuse in our state. The money that is raised through Women of Inspiration is then dispersed to the other centers in the state. There are 15 centers in our state currently and we are trying to grow that number," Long said.
Centers such as the children's protection center welcome these gifts because families can use these services free of charge.
Anne Preston and Alisha Curtis chaired the event.