(From left) Perry Withers, senior vice president of lending; Martha Morse, business development representative; Patti Bortko, Madison County Child Advocacy Center board member; Greg Worthen, senior vice president of operations/chief operating officer; Carrie Cohan, CAC executive director; Alan Meyer, president and CEO; Bill Mudge, chairman, CAC Board of Directors; Claire Cooper, CAC development specialist; Travis Widman, CAC board member; and Amber Scott, vice president of marketing.
1st MidAmerica Credit Union has chosen the Madison County Child Advocacy Center to receive funds raised from the credit union’s annual charity golf outing, for the third year in a row, bringing in a record $32,314 this year.
“1st MidAmerica Credit Union has helped the center in so many ways,” center Executive Director Carrie Cohan said. “We can’t even begin to express our gratitude to them for choosing the Child Advocacy Center to be the recipient of these funds. The cumulative donations over the past three years have allowed us to continue to serve children in Madison County dealing with allegations of abuse.”
The Madison County Child Advocacy Center was founded in 2003 and has been conducting forensic interviews of children involved in allegations of severe physical and sexual abuse. The Madison County Child Advocacy Center is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and is designed to make children as comfortable as possible. The Child Advocacy Center model is all about the best interest of the child, as well as teamwork and bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end. It is also about putting the needs of the child victim first. Rather than having a child taken from agency to agency throughout the law enforcement and child protection systems, and having to endure multiple, sequential interviews, the CAC model brings the system to the child, and brings the agency professionals together to work in a collaborative approach that results in effective, efficient, child-centered casework.
No family that utilizes the center is ever charged a fee. That is one of the reasons the center partners with community organizations such as 1st MidAmerica Credit Union to be able to continue to provide these services.
“Safe and healthy families are clearly a top priority for 1st MidAmerica Credit Union,” said Bill Mudge, chairman of the CAC Board of Directors. “The center is grateful and so are the hundreds of children benefiting from their generosity,”
The Madison County CAC conducts the second most interviews in the State of Illinois, only second to the Chicago land area, with a total of 509 interviews in 2014. This year (2015) will end with over 600 interviews. For more information about the Madison County Child Advocacy Center, please visit our website at www.madco-cac.org or call 618-296-5398.