News Release

Monday, December 21, 2009

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman
(757) 668-7554

Suffolk Foundation awards $5,000 to CHKD child abuse program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— The Suffolk Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for its child abuse program.

The child abuse program at CHKD is the only comprehensive child advocacy center in Hampton Roads and serves as the regional referral center for coordination of child abuse services and programs. It offers a multi-disciplinary approach to care, involving all agencies participating in case investigation and protection of the child. This approach speeds the investigative process, precludes the child from having to repeat his or her story multiple times and collects accurate, unbiased information that can be used in civil and criminal proceedings against alleged perpetrators.

“As a child abuse pediatrician, the children I see daily need a variety of medical and mental health services to help them recover from tragic events,” said the Dr. Susan Starling, the program’s medical director. “Support from the community allows us to deliver services to needy children that are unavailable elsewhere in our community. We are truly grateful for their commitment to our program.”

Last year, CHKD’s child abuse program staff helped more than 1,000 children from southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. Approximately 50 patients helped each year live in Suffolk. Funds from the Foundation will help the program’s specially-trained professionals provide essential services to referred children and their families.

The Suffolk Foundation was formed in 2006 and distributed its first grants after a devastating tornado damaged or destroyed numerous homes and business in Suffolk. It also established a $75,000 disaster relief fund to be used for victims of possible future disasters.

“The Suffolk Foundation placed major emphasis on human needs and services in awarding 2009 grants,” said Suffolk Foundation Executive Director William Hill. “The Foundation was happy to award to CHKD funds which will be used to support children who have been suspected of being abused and neglected. It is the Foundation’s privilege to help invest in a program that makes such a significant difference in the lives of children."

CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.