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Child advocacy center provides environment for healing

HAYS – A remodeled space provides a warm, comfortable environment for children to begin the healing process after suffering abuse.

The Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center provides services for children and families that have been impacted by child abuse, especially child sexual abuse. Mental and physical health issues can follow the child into adulthood if not treated early.

WKCAC was able to purchase an adjoining building in April and complete the remodel in November. Three additional therapy rooms were added for play therapy for younger children, a teen therapy room, and a family therapy room. An activity room was a great addition for mentoring and art facilitation programs. A separate waiting room for therapy clients has helped with confidentiality.

The WKCAC office opened in Hays in 2015, and since then there was been a tremendous increase in requests for services. The facility provides forensic Interviews, advocacy, trauma-focused therapy, youth mentoring, school prevention programs, art facilitation and medical evaluation services.