News Release

Monday, October 08, 2012

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

CHKD Child Abuse Program receives $1.57 million HHS grant

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – CHKD’s Child Abuse Program received a $1.57 million four-year federal grant that will allow CHKD’s Child Abuse Program to train hundreds of child-abuse professionals throughout the region.

The grant, from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will also help professionals at the CHKD Child Abuse Program provide new, evidence-based forms of therapy to children at risk of abuse.

“This grant will not only improve treatment of children and families in need, but serves as a national acknowledgement of the quality of CHKD’s program,” said Dr. Jane Hollingsworth, the program’s executive director. “We received letters of support for this grant from agencies throughout Hampton Roads, knowing it would help us provide additional training and therapy.”

The grant will allow CHKD’s Child Abuse Program to train 440 professionals including employees of child protective services, local city attorneys’ offices and police departments, the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, as well foster care workers and military investigators and military family advocates. The training will help them recognize often overlooked symptoms of abuse or trauma so they can get children and families into therapy to begin the healing process.

The grant will also allow 10 of the CHKD Child Abuse Program’s clinicians to receive training in the latest evidence-based treatments designed for victims of abuse and trauma.

Under the grant, professionals will be trained to provide preventative intervention for families identified as being at-risk for future abuse. Called parent-child interaction therapy, the treatment has been shown to improve problems in child-caregiver relationships that can result in abuse.

The Child Abuse Program will continue to provide trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, which is the current best practice standard for reducing trauma symptoms in children who have experienced sexual abuse, witnessed domestic violence, or experienced the traumatic death of a loved one.

The project is expected to serve more than 2,700 children, including more than 1,100 military children, from 2 to 17 years of age between October 2012 and September 2016.

The federal funding also makes CHKD a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, an organization of experts on the treatment of traumatic stress in children that provides resources for families and agencies involved in the investigation and treatment of child abuse and neglect.