The Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center, a partnership between the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, a local non-profit named for the facility and the National Children’s Alliance broke ground on a $1.6 million addition to the facility in Freehold this afternoon.
The brainchild of former Prosecutor John Kaye, the facility provides a physically and psychologically safe place for victims of child abuse and their families to receive treatment that is coordinated with the investigations into their abusers in such a way as to prevent and reduce the traumatic effects of the investigations into the devastating events they have already suffered.
Since the Center was opened in April of 2009, over 2000 children and their families have been served at the facility. The second phase, which is expected to be opened in 2016, will additional medical treatment rooms, therapy rooms and office space to the facility.
The Freeholders and the Prosecutor’s Office are each contributing $500,000 to the new construction. The remaining $600,000 has been raised privately by Friends of Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center,