News Release

Friday, September 12, 2003

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

CHKD Child Abuse Program Receives National Recognition

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) recently accepted the Child Abuse Program at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters as a “full member,” having determined the program met all the Alliance’s standards for that honor. It is only the third program in Virginia to receive such recognition. NCA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide training, technical assistance and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish and improve child abuse programs and advocacy centers. The agency is responsible for setting and monitoring standards of excellence for children abuse programs and centers across the nation. Standards for full membership include:
  • Child-appropriate/child-friendly facilities
  • Multidisciplinary teams for response to child abuse allegations
  • A designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations
  • Cultural competency and diversity commensurate with the community
  • Qualified, dedicated forensic interview staff and facilities
  • Specialized medical evaluation and treatment staff and areas
  • Therapeutic interventions that provide specialize mental health services as part of the multidisciplinary team
  • Victim support and advocacy as part of the team response
  • Case review and discussion that allows for information sharing about the investigation, case status and services needed by the child and family
  • Case tracking of progress and outcomes The Child Abuse Program was established in late 1998 and dedicated facilities to house the program were opened in 2001. Since that time, the program has assisted local communities in improving their response to child abuse by providing coordinated services to help evaluate, investigate, prosecute and treat abuse and neglect in the region. The program works to minimize stress on suspected victims by bringing together in one location the efforts of professionals in medicine, mental health, child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution and victim advocacy. “The recognition of full membership is an accomplishment our staff and each community agency can be very proud of,” said Lauri Hogge, program director at CHKD. “It is only through the willingness of all involved agencies to work together that we have made a difference. “Throughout the past year, it has been wonderful to see the increased utilization of our program and the benefits realized to children and their families. These benefits include consistent and swift follow-up to abuse reports, a reduction in the number of interviews a victim must undergo, increased successful prosecution and, most importantly, compassionate support for the child and family.” Attention to the needs and abilities of children is a hallmark of child abuse/advocacy programs and is the most fundamental standard . Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and provides care to nearly 130,000 children each year as inpatients and outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.