Child Advocacy Center

Agency name: 
Child Advocacy Center
5025 Garland St
Volunteer coordinator: 
Jill Klingensmith

The mission of the Child Advocacy Center is to provide Southeast Nebraska with a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of child abuse.

Contact name: 
Jill Klingensmith
Available projects

Special Projects – assist with a variety of projects and events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness. Opportunities may include assisting with bulk mailings, June SouthPointe Concert Series, April Child Abuse Awareness Month Event and Fall Monster Dash.

Child Supervision and Support - assist with supervising children and provide support on a variety of tasks as needed during our operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00). Duties include supervising and engaging children in activities (games, reading, and movies), stocking stuffed animal closets, sanitizing and organizing toys and a variety of clerical projects. Volunteers should enjoy working with children of all ages and have a willingness to pitch in and help with whatever may be needed that day.

Landscape and grounds maintenance – assist with weeding, spreading mulch, raking, cleaning windows and sweeping.

Preferred qualifications: 
Major in human services area.
Length of commitment: 
Internship 150 hrs.
The Child Advocacy Center establishes a safe, child friendly location for conducting forensic interviews and medical evaluations of the child victim and offers continued support to the child and non-offending family members. The Child Advocacy Center also promotes specialized training for professionals as well as public education and prevention efforts in Southeast Nebraska. Internships are provided for college students looking to complete a minimum of 250 hours as required by the schools practicum/internship requirements. The practicum/internship program must specify that the Child Advocacy Center will 1) complete an evaluation of the intern’s performance and 2) verify that 250 hours are required and have been completed. Interns are assigned to observe forensic interviews and prepare a draft summary, assist our multidisciplinary teams by preparing a summary of all new child abuse and neglect reports accepted for initial assessment, observe the non-offending caregiver initial interview and assist the child advocate with documentation and provide clerical support. Interns will have the opportunity to attend professional training.