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The clients of The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri now have a new, safe place to begin the healing process after experiencing abuse. The Child Center expanded their services and staff to help accommodate the growing abuse case numbers.

The community is invited to come and tour The Child Advocacy Center's Therapy Office on Friday, Oct. 1 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. St. Charles, Warren & Lincoln County residents can join government officials, community leaders and healthcare providers as they learn more about the essential mental health services that will be offered. The Therapy Office is located at 1451 Wentzville Pkwy., Wentzville, MO 63385. The open house will include light appetizers, networking, a chance to meet the two facility dogs, and tours of the agency.

"Our therapists face a continual challenge of keeping children, who need to cope from past trauma, off waiting lists," said Julie Seymore, Executive Director of The Child Advocacy Center. "With the opening of our new Therapy Office, we are excited to provide additional mental health options to meet the needs of the children and families we serve."

Therapeutic Services allow children to process their experience in a safe, supportive environment. Children participate in evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy modalities to reduce the harmful effects of the trauma they have experienced. While working with their therapist, children develop healthy coping skills, gain self-confidence, learn to understand and effectively express emotions, and are able to identify and draw on their own strengths to leave them better equipped to handle life's challenges. Last year, The Child Center provided 1,525 client hours in therapy.

ABOUT THE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER: Founded in 2000, The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Wentzville, Missouri. The Child Advocacy Center is a child-focused place where a comprehensive, coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse occurring in their 14-county service area. Services offered include forensic interviews, children and family advocacy, mental health therapy, and school and community-based prevention education programs. 

For more information on The Child Advocacy Center, please visit www.cacnemo.org.