Local/Regional News
3:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Children's Advocacy Center Has A New Home

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, which coordinates the investigation of the state’s most serious child abuse cases in 17 counties, has moved into a new home.

New Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass facility

Workers at the Children’s Advocacy Center won’t have to familiarize themselves with a new neighborhood. Their new 8000 square foot facility is located just a block down the street from their old headquarters on Walton Avenue. The first thing visitors might notice, says center spokesperson Andrew Oliver, is the theme of the décor.

"From the look of the outside of the building, to the colors on the walls, to the way the rooms are laid out, the toys that are available, that's all intentional. We wants kids to feel relaxed and at ease. They come here because something really terrible has happened to them and we really want them to feel at home and welcomed," Oliver says.

Renovations have been underway for six months at the new building, which includes four client waiting rooms, two forensic interview rooms, a 30-seat training center, and individual and group therapy rooms.

The Children’s Advocacy Center saw roughly 600 children last year. Oliver says that number is on the rise, but the center attributes the increase not to a rise in abuse but instead on better detection in the community.