|PROTECTING THE CHILDREN GERING, NEBRASKA|
|, Oct 04, 2012
CAPstone is a child advocacy center in Gering, Nebraska which provides a child friendly and family oriented interviewing facility for victimized children. Previously, CAPstone occupied a shared rental space, which required children to walk through public space to get to interview rooms. This arrangement was not conducive to protecting the children and their privacy.
CAPstone (a non-profit group) needed a facility that would ensure privacy and serve the children and their families. They were able to work with USDA Rural Development to secure a low interest long term loan that allowed them to purchase a building and renovate it for their needs. Local volunteers, local contractors and many others did their best to help the facility save money, which allowed CAPstone to get the most out of their financing.
CAPstone has a newly renovated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible facility that is conveniently located near Health and Human Services, Scotts Bluff County Courthouse, the Sheriff’s Department and the Gering Police station; all agencies that work closely with CAPstone and affected children.
Children who have been abused or neglected are brought to CAPstone, where their interview is recorded and then shared with all involved parties who need the information. This avoids requiring the children to repeat their story and be re-traumatized.
The goals of CAPstone are to reduce the trauma suffered by a child during an investigation; to increase successful prosecution of the child abusers; and to assume a proactive approach to child abuse prevention through education, training and networking.
Our new building is more child friendly than ever starting with our butterscotch building with a chocolate fence! The kids are welcomed with a huge mural of a clubhouse just inside the door and our interview rooms are warm and welcoming. Everyone who comes in says it looks great and personally I love the air conditioning! – Debi Fitts, Director