Pictured (from left) are Madison County Child Advocacy Center Board Member Gayle Frey, Board President Judge William A. Mudge, Assistant Vice President and Brand Operations Manager of Highland and Edwardsville National Bank Lisa Claytor, National Bank at Hillsboro President Harry Hutchison, and Madison County State's Attorney and CAC Board Member Tom Gibbons.
WOOD RIVER — The Madison County Child Advocacy Center received a $500 donation from the National Bank at Hillsboro.
The donation will help the nonprofit organization with achieving its mission of providing a child-friendly environment to assist in the investigation of allegations of child abuse, provide access to services and treatment for victims and their families and raise awareness within the community.
National Bank serves south-central Illinois with branches in 11 communities and is locally owned by Country Bancorp Inc. For more than 130 years, National Bank has been providing valuable insight into the needs of the communities they serve.
The Madison County Child Advocacy Center conducts forensic interviews and provides case management services to children involved in cases of child abuse and child maltreatment. Most importantly, the center provides a safe haven for children to talk about the physical or sexual abuse they may have experienced and to help in limiting the number of times a child has to be interviewed. Before the center opened, a child who was a victim or witnessed a violent crime often would be interviewed by eight to 12 people before the case went to trial. Because of the CAC, abused children no longer have to endure such a strenuous interviewing process and authorities are better able to prosecute abuse cases.