St. Clair County Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Carolyn Hubler outlined the agency's mission and expanded responsibilities to the Chester Women's Club on Nov. 9.
When the agency opened about 20 years ago, Hubler said they dealt primarily with child sexual abuse cases. Since then, she said they also deal with other forms of child abuse and child trauma caused by death in families, as well as trauma caused by kidnapping and trafficking.
The agency, based in Belleville with a satellite office at 423 W. Holmes in Chester, serves St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties. It is a multidisciplinary team, working closely with schools, doctors, state's attorney's offices, DCFS, CASA and other agencies.
Hubler is a trained forensic interviewer who works closely with victims and their families. The agency provides on-site counseling and a broad spectrum of referral work. They recently obtained a support dog, a black lab named Homer, who Hubler said is of great assistance in helping the child victims.
Funding for the Child Advocacy Center comes from DCFS, federal and state Victims of Crime Act funds, the United Way, Randolph County fees and fines and St. Clair County taxes.
Women's Club President Chris Bowles conducted the business meeting. Hostesses were Pam Sheely, Darlene Gentsch, Myrna Campbell, Linda Sympson and Gwendy Garner. Bowles announced that the club's Christmas luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the Chester Country Club. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations must be made no later than November 19 by contacting Nikki Aubuchon or Jane Stallman.
A note of appreciation was read from the Chester Area Christian Food Pantry, thanking the Chester Women's Club for their recent cash donation of $185.