THE SAFE HARBOR CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER EARNS ACCREDITATION FROM NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) National Children’s Alliance recognizes the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation Fredericksburg, VA, 02/08/2015 – The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center opened May 1, 2009 and serves the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Since opening, the center has served over 900 child victims of abuse. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, Safe Harbor is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. National Children’s Alliance updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence-based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention. According to these standards, Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“As an organization/team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the Multidisciplinary Team approach. Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Pamela Garrett, Executive Director.

“The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.

For more information about the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, visit http://www.safeharborva.org. The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center exists to strengthen the coordinated community response to situations of child maltreatment, including sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and severe neglect by integrating the existing resources of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, medical and therapeutic agencies so that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and children are not further traumatized by the investigative process.

National Children’s Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 750 children’s advocacy centers serving each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first, National Children’s Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals around the country, and the world. As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children’s Alliance is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Founded in 1998, National Children’s Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children’s advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention. http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org

Pamela Garrett, MSW, Executive Director, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
Pamela Garrett, MSW,
Executive Director,
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center

CONTACT
Pamela Garrett
540.891.6280
pamelagarrett@safeharborva.org

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Myandi Peterson
540.872.8350
Randallpr@hotmail.com

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Drowning Pool Concert to Benefit Veteran Build 2015 Program at Hard Times Four Mile Fork on March 26th 

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA)-Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork will host a concert with national act, Drowning Pool to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran Build 2015 Program on Thursday, March 26.  The concert will begin at 8 p.m. with special guests Adrenaline Mob and Full Devil Jacket followed by Drowning Pool.

Tickets are $15 for ages 21 and up and $18 for ages 18 to 20 and can be purchased at Hard Times Four Mile Fork or in advance online, visit http://national-acts.com/hard-times-cafe/

Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork will be offering a complimentary ticket to the first 40 Veterans through Vet Tix.  Once the 40 tickets are redeemed, Vet Tix will also provide a discount code for Veterans to receive $3 off the ticket price. Visit www.http://vettix.org/

Drowning Pool will be on tour celebrating their Unlucky 13th Anniversary of the release of their seminal debut record, Sinner, which features the hard rock anthem, “Bodies”.

The band will perform the album front to back, followed by their other hits. Drowning Pool will make their second appearance at Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork since October.  For more information, visit www.drowningpool.com.

H&S Tactical is the primary sponsor of the concert event and they will be raffling off a custom-build AR-15 the night of the event.  The one-of-a-kind firearm will be engraved with the Drowning Pool logo and signed by the members of the band.

Hard Times Four Mile Fork will donate a portion of proceeds from the concert event to the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Veterans Build Program.  The organization will be present at the event with more information on the program and to let the community know how they can get involved.

The goal of Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build program is to provide housing solutions and volunteer opportunities to veterans, service members, and their families. More than 1.5 million of these households spend more than 50% of their income on housing and nearly 1 million veterans who are homeowners are severely cost burdened, despite having access to VA loans and other special programs. For more information, visit: http://www.fredhab.org/site/veteran-build-2015/

Drowning Pool
Drowning Pool

ABOUT HARD TIMES CAFE FOUR MILE FORK
Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork opened in Fredericksburg, October 2004 and is owned and operated by Glenn Melvin. Hard Times Four Mile Fork is a 14,000 sq. ft. restaurant, sports bar, billiard room and the largest live music venue in the tri-county area. The establishment is a first class sports viewing facility and live entertainment venue that attracts sports and music fans from near and afar. National touring music artists such as Saving Abel, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, Fighting Jamesons, Saliva and Confederate Railroad have all played the Hard Times stage. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

CONTACT
Glenn Melvin
Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork
gmelvin10@gmail.com
540.710.6771

CONTACT
Veterans Build Task Force
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat For Humanity
Co-Chair Veteran Build
veteransbuild@fredhab.org
540-891-4401

CONTACT
Maria Hoppe
Drowning Pool Manager
mhoppews@gmail.com
206.661.3258

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350