Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser dubbed success

A fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Pine Bluff on Friday was deemed a success by the center’s director.

Christa Menotti said 17 four-person teams participated in the golf tournament at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course.

“Golf always gets a wonderful response. You have to mold your fund raising efforts to what the community likes to do,” Menotti said.

The Children’s Advocacy Center, located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center, provides all-inclusive services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse, including space for law enforcement officials to interview victims, and a medical component.

Menotti said Jefferson Regional Medical Center does not conduct physical exams of child sex abuse victims “because they don’t have the equipment needed.

“The only other place is Arkansas Children’s House (in Little Rock) or other Children’s Advocacy Centers that have a medical component,” she said.

In 2012, the center saw 112 child victims of physical or sexual abuse, Menotti said.

“We want to add a mental health component on-site and start our support groups again,” she said.

The center is a United Way agency and receives some federal funding but Menotti said that funding is currently “unstable.”

“We’re asking everyone to contact their senators and representatives because the president has zeroed out child abuse funding so we’re losing a major source of our funding,” she said.

For information about the center, call 850-7105.