Gulf Coast CAC

Protecting Children & Strengthening Gulf Coast Families

 

Since March of 2000, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center has transformed the lives of victims of child abuse and sexual violence by offering a refuge for victims and their families to cope with the terrible crimes of child abuse and sexual assault while reducing the fear and further trauma that disclosure and investigation often creates.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Spring Designer Purse Bingo

2017/02/25 - Edgewater Beach Resort

The 2016 Fall Designer Purse Bingo will be held on Saturday, February 25 at Edgewater Beach Resort. Doors open at 6pm and games start at 7pm. 

 

We are currently sold out of VIP tables. Contact Whitney Sewell at 850-872-7760 or WhitneySewell@GulfCoastCAC.us if you would like to be on the wait list. There will be no general admission at this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAC Newsletter Issue 1-January 2017

January 31, 2017

 

 

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Silent Epidemic-News Herald

December 6, 2016

 

 

PANAMA CITY - On Sunday evenings, Lori Allen sits down to scan national news headlines, looking for any case involving serious child abuse or child homicide. Allen, executive director of the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, can usually guess the facts of a case just by reading the headline. On a child homicide, the perpetrator generally will be a non-related caregiver - typically a boyfriend. There's usually a history of maternal substance abuse, previous instances of domestic violence at the home and the child usually will be 2 years old or younger. Last year, the exact situation played out in Calhoun County, when 2-year old Anya Dziura was killed by her mother's boyfriend, Stephen Young. Young pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child, while Jessica Dziura, the girl's mother, was given a six-year sentence for child neglect. Reports and substantiated instances of child abuse in Bay County have increased during the past several years. In the last six months of 2015, the Department of Children and Families received 1,345 reports of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical and sexual abuse. Of those claims, 151 were substantiated with a serious finding from DCF. In the first six months of this year, there already have been 1,566 calls, and 172 serious findings. Allen, whose organization sees referrals from the six-county area of Circuit 14, saw just more than 1,100 children in 2014. Last year, 1,325 children were referred to them, and this year, they're on pace to break 1,500 cases. But, Allen said, it's not just about the numbers. "People look at those statistics and they think, 'Wow that's really tragic,' " she said. "When you put a face and a name and an experience to that ... there are some schools that don't even have that many children enrolled."

 

 

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Since March of 2000, the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (Gulf Coast CAC) has transformed the lives of victims of child abuse and sexual violence by offering a refuge for victims and their families to cope with the terrible crimes of child abuse and sexual assault while reducing the fear and further trauma that disclosure and investigation often creates.

 

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Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

210 East 11th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

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