WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Children’s Alliance recently awarded the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas a grant allowing the non-profit organization to send four area representatives to their annual leadership conference, held June 10 -13, in Washington, D.C. Attending on behalf of the CAC were Executive Director Whitney Lovell, Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso, Kansas Department of Children and Family Social Worker Amanda Kirkland, and Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

Since opening its doors in 1999, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas has served over 1,000 local victims of sexual and physical child abuse, including 118 young victims who were helped by the CAC last year. By utilizing a multi-disciplinary model, the CAC is able to bring together mental health, advocates, social services, law enforcement and medical professionals to help the child throughout a horrific and traumatizing time in their young lives.

Those attending the conference seized the opportunity to share the important work done by the Children’s Advocacy Center with the Offices of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, and United States Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts while in the nation’s capital.

Also in attendance at the conference was former Vice President Joe Biden, who accepted the Champion of Children Award on behalf of his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who was honored posthumously for his years of commitment towards helping young crime victims.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas serves several counties throughout the area, with primary responsibility in Cherokee and Crawford County’s. Anyone wanting to learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas is encouraged to visit their website at: www.cacpittsburg.org.