The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center last week announced an initiative that will improve every aspect of child abuse treatment while doubling the number of children it can serve.
Advancements in both capacity and operations will be made possible by Above and Beyond: The Campaign to Help Children Soar. The $5 million campaign was announced publicly for the first time this past Friday with $3 million already pledged. Donations include $1 million from the Rice family and $500,000 from Anita Zucker.
The campaign will enable Dee Norton to open a second, full-service center on Long Point road in Mount Pleasant. The new facility will serve an area of urgent need and have the capacity to treat 1,500 children each year. The Center will also redesign the King Street location by the end of 2018.
Using lean methodology in the design of both centers, twice as many children in Charleston and Berkeley counties will be able to receive critical treatment from highly trained professionals. Visit times will be cut in half, reducing the emotional stress for children and their families.
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to help prevent child abuse, to protect abused and traumatized children, and to put children and their families on the path to healing. Primary services include forensic interviews, medical examinations and mental health assessments as well as immediate support and coordination. The center also provides evidence-based therapy to child victims and their families. For more information, visit www.deenortoncenter.org.