During the last year, PCA responded to 3,274 reports of child sexual abuse with compassion and expertise. As part of these responses, PCA conducted 1,957 forensic interviews; supplied various support services to 2,141 caregivers; provided on-site counseling therapy to 188 children; referred 1,076 children for counseling off-site; and performed 602 medical exams.
These kinds of numbers make it clear that we are meeting an incredible need here in Philadelphia. But PCA brings something more to the table. While we are the only Child Advocacy Center in Philly, our leadership goes beyond city limits: we are a national best standards model for peer agencies throughout the northeastern United States, helping them develop their own children’s advocacy centers (to learn more visit www.nrcac.org).
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is an independent non-profit organization that promotes healing and justice for sexually abused children in Philadelphia. Using a multidisciplinary approach, we collaborate with our partners in child protection, law enforcement, and medical and mental health services to provide forensic interviews, victim support and counseling services at the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, a co-located child-friendly facility. PCA is committed to using best practices and we promotes this model locally and nationally.