Child advocacy center preparing for increase in child abuse cases due to COVID-19

By Region 8 Newsdesk | July 13, 2020 at 8:38 PM CDT - Updated July 13 at 8:39 PM

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VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER HOSTED BY NEA CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Experts say to expect a rise in reported child abuse cases once COVID-19 crisis passes

Jonesboro, AR. – The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center (NEACAC) will host it’s Day Of Giving virtual event on July 17th 2020, as well as it’s online auction starting July 14 and ending July 17th, to raise a goal of $19,000 for the child abuse and neglect victims of Northeast Arkansas that have been impacted by Covid-19. Through this fundraiser, the NEACAC will have the ability to better serve the children and families in the community free of charge.


The NEACAC is hosting this event due to the cancellation of their inaugural Roaring Twenties Masquerade Ball that was to take place in April of this year. This virtual event enables them to continue their mission and reach their goals by presenting donors the opportunity to give once, monthly, or purchase an auction item donated by some of NEA’s favorite local businesses. The fundraiser and auction will launch through our BetterUnite link, which is accessible to anyone through the NEA Children’s Advocacy Facebook Page and website.

Child abuse doesn’t stop during a pandemic. Even during the COVID-19 crisis, the center remains open and continues to serve children. “We still receive reports daily, but unfortunately reports have been down about 50% due to school cancellations. We won’t find out about many child abuse and neglect issues until months after it has occured” said Amanda Frankenberger, director of the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center. Child abuse reports are expected to increase when school resumes in August and the NEACAC needs support from the community now more than ever.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Arkansas Child Abuse hotline at 1.844.SAVE.A.CHILD or 1.800.482.5964. Like the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center’s Facebook page to stay updated on ways you can recognize or prevent child abuse during these times. Visit the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center website at www.neacac.net.

About Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas & the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center:

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas is a 501(c) 3 membership organization whose mission is to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of children's advocacy centers (CAC) in the State of Arkansas so that every child victim has access to the services of a CAC.

The NEA Children’s Advocacy Center provide care and assistance to victims of child abuse and neglect and those who support them. We are the only place in the state that offers free, child-friendly services directly to children and families struggling with the effects of abusive situations.


April Marks Child Abuse Awareness Month
Experts say to expect a rise in reported child abuse cases once COVID-19 crisis passes 
Jonesboro, AR. – While home is a safe place for many Arkansans seeking protection from the spread of COVID-19, it can be a dangerous place for children who are victims of abuse. Most child abuse experts agree that once the COVID-19 crisis passes, reported child abuse cases are likely to surge. 
“During times of isolation, child abuse happens in secrecy because signs of abuse go undetected when children are not seen regularly by others,” said Elizabeth Pulley, director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. “When school starts back, we expect the number of cases to rise.” 
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to place a special emphasis on increasing awareness and providing education and support to families to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Friday, April 24, is the day to wear blue in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sunday, April 26, has been set aside as a National Day of Prayer to pray for child abuse victims. 
“In a time such as this, we encourage adults to be especially attentive to children when they see them and look for tell-tale signs of abuse and neglect such as withdrawal, changes in behavior, depression or an apparent lack of supervision,” Pulley said. 
The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center in Jonesboro, AR provides a safe place for children and families to receive services for healing. Even during the COVID-19 crisis, the center remains open and is continuing to serve children in person and through telemedicine. 
“We provided services to 112 children before COVID-19 hit our community. Now that schools are out, we won’t find out about many child abuse and neglect issues until months after” said Amanda Frankenberger, director of the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center. “School is a safe place for many child abuse victims. The trauma from school being out, a changed daily schedule, a recent tornado, and child abuse/neglect at home, the children in our community are relying on us now more than ever to do our part in protecting them,” Frankenberger said. 
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Arkansas Child Abuse hotline at 1.844.SAVE.A.CHILD or 1.800.482.5964. Like the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center’s Facebook page to stay updated on ways you can recognize or prevent child abuse during these times. Visit the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center website at www.neacac.net. 
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About Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas & the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center: 
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas is a 501(c) 3 membership organization whose mission is to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of children's advocacy centers (CAC) in the State of Arkansas so that every child victim has access to the services of a CAC. 
The NEA Children’s Advocacy Center provide care and assistance to victims of child abuse and neglect and those who support them. We are the only place in the state that offers free, child-friendly services directly to children and families struggling with the effects of abusive situations.

April Marks Child Abuse Awareness Month

Experts say to expect a rise in reported child abuse cases once COVID-19 crisis passes

April 8, 2020. Jonesboro, AR. – While home is a safe place for many Arkansans seeking protection from the spread of COVID-19, it can be a dangerous place for children who are victims of abuse. Most child abuse experts agree that once the COVID-19 crisis passes, reported child abuse cases are likely to surge.

“During times of isolation, child abuse happens in secrecy because signs of abuse go undetected when children are not seen regularly by others,” said Elizabeth Pulley, director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. “When school starts back, we expect the number of cases to rise.”

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to place a special emphasis on increasing awareness and providing education and support to families to help prevent child abuse and neglect. Friday, April 24, is the day to wear blue in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sunday, April 26, has been set aside as a National Day of Prayer to pray for child abuse victims.

“In a time such as this, we encourage adults to be especially attentive to children when they see them and look for tell-tale signs of abuse and neglect such as withdrawal, changes in behavior, depression or an apparent lack of supervision,” Pulley said.

The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center in Jonesboro, AR provides a safe place for children and families to receive services for healing. Even during the COVID-19 crisis, the center remains open and is continuing to serve children in person and through telemedicine.

“We provided services to 112 children before COVID-19 hit our community. Now that schools are out, we won’t find out about many child abuse and neglect issues until months after” said Amanda Frankenberger, director of the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center. “School is a safe place for many child abuse victims. The trauma from school being out, a changed daily schedule, a recent tornado, and child abuse/neglect at home, the children in our community are relying on us now more than ever to do our part in protecting them,” Frankenberger said.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Arkansas Child Abuse hotline at 1.844.SAVE.A.CHILD or 1.800.482.5964. Like the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center’s Facebook page to stay updated on ways you can recognize or prevent child abuse during these times. Visit the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center website at www.neacac.net.

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About Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas & the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center:

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas is a 501(c) 3 membership organization whose mission is to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of children's advocacy centers (CAC) in the State of Arkansas so that every child victim has access to the services of a CAC.

The NEA Children’s Advocacy Center provide care and assistance to victims of child abuse and neglect and those who support them. We are the only place in the state that offers free, child-friendly services directly to children and families struggling with the effects of abusive situations.


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“Roaring Twenties” Masquerade Ball To Raise Funds for Child Abuse Victims in Northeast Arkansas


January 8, 2020- JONESBORO, AR -- The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center (NEACAC), a nonprofit organization that provides services to child victims of abuse announces their inaugural Roaring Twenties Masquerade Ball, Saturday April 4, 2020, to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month and raise critical funding to provide essential services for children impacted by abuse.

The Masquerade Ball themed “Roaring Twenties” to correspond with the year 2020, will be held at the Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro, AR. Cocktail attire and masquerade masks are encouraged for this event to emphasize the efforts of taking the “mask” off of child abuse in Northeast Arkansas. The evening will consist of dinner, drinks, auction items, and dancing, featuring a live performance of jazz music and DJ entertainment from B.J. Humphries.


When asked what the NEACAC hopes to accomplish through funds raised from the Masquerade Ball, director Amanda Frankenberger answered, “We are striving to create a bright and healthy community, and it starts with our children. With the funds raised, the NEACAC will work tirelessly to provide enhanced services to each child victim of abuse and their families, while also providing extended outreach and child abuse prevention training to community leaders in our rural counties”. These funds will enable the NEACAC to meet the needs of a community whose child abuse population has risen 55% from 2018 to 2019. “For us to bring hope and healing to these children, we need help from the community,” said Frankenberger.


The Masquerade Ball includes an exquisite dinner with drinks, an impressive live and silent auction, and top notch entertainment. It is recommended to book a stay at the Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center, as exclusive rates are offered for attendees of the event. Don’t miss out on this exciting evening sponsored by NicePak. Sponsorships are available starting at $100 and individual tickets are $75. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item, RSVP, or learn more about attending the event, please visit www.neacac.net.

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The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center is a safe place for kids who may have been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused, to tell their story. By bringing together all professionals under one roof, for a single visit, the Center avoids re-traumatizing children who are already suffering from pain, fear, or confusion. The NEACAC serves children, free of charge, within the counties of Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph. For more information on the NEACAC and ways to help support its mission, please visit neacac.net or call 870-275-7902.


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NEA CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER ANNOUNCES NICE-PAK AS THE EVENT SPONSOR FOR THE INAUGURAL MASQUERADE BALL

JANUARY 1, 2020 – Jonesboro, AR – The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center (NEACAC) announces Nice-Pak as the event sponsor for the Roaring Twenties Masquerade Ball taking place in April of 2020.

As the event sponsor, Nice-Pak presented a check of $3,500 to NEACAC along with a commitment to donate Nice ‘n CLEAN®, Wet Nap®, and Grime Boss® wet wipe products valued at $125 each month from January to December, resulting in a $5,000 sponsorship total. Nice-Pak’s commitment to community health and wellness is shown through their superior products supporting cleanliness and personal hygiene and their generosity in the community. “Consistent with Nice-Pak’s purpose of helping families stay healthy and well, one wipe at a time®, we are honored to support the Children’s Advocacy Center”, says Stanley Lichucki, Site Director for Nice-Pak’s Jonesboro manufacturing facility.

The donated products will be of great use to the center and to the visiting families. “We are excited for the opportunity to make an impact and support the mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center and the community we both serve through this sponsorship”, says Leha Pemberton, HR Manager for Nice-Pak Jonesboro.

Nice-Pak is the world’s leading producer of wet wipes, providing high quality products used for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. With an unwavering commitment to the environment and preserving natural resources, Nice-Pak has created innovative wet wipes designed for all ages, to help everyone live a clean and healthy life.


The Masquerade Ball includes an exquisite dinner with drinks, an impressive live and silent auction, and top notch entertainment. It is recommended to book a stay at the Embassy Suites and Red Wolf Convention Center, as exclusive rates are offered for attendees of the event. Don’t miss out on this exciting evening sponsored by NicePak. Sponsorships are available starting at $100 and individual tickets are $75. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item, RSVP, or learn more about attending the event, please visit www.neacac.net.


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The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center is a safe place for kids who may have been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused, to tell their story. By bringing together all professionals under one roof, for a single visit, the Center avoids re-traumatizing children who are already suffering from pain, fear, or confusion. The NEACAC serves children, free of charge, within the counties of Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph.


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NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER GROWS WITH NEW COMMUNITY BUSINESS PARTNER AND TWO NEW SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS

Northeast, AR – May 20, 2019– The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center (NEACAC), serving seven counties in the 2nd Judicial District, has a new support partner and is also re-opening its forensic medical exam facility. At the first planning event for the agency’s big fundraiser for next April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Embassy Suites by Hilton shared images of its new facility and announced a two-year partnership with the Center to help support them with events, meetings and volunteer activities.


“When there are kids being helped and protected, we want to be involved,” said Susan Woodring, Sales Manager for the new hotel and convention center due to open this fall. “We are here to help with not only the plans for the agency’s event evening but also to assist in any other way we can,” she added.


The new hotel on Red Wolf Boulevard is still under construction and scheduled to open in September. Services and venues that will be available to the community pair the elegant hotel with a multiple-elements convention center site to facilitate one-stop event and business meeting activities.


In addition to this new partnership, the NEACAC will once again be able to further assist state police with investigations of child sexual abuse by reopening its forensic medical exam room. Laura Bean, who sits on the NEACAC’s board and is helping manage the fundraising event, says making this announcement and introducing the two new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners for Pediatrics (SANE-P) at the planning session is just a sign of good things to come. “Our nurses have to be separately trained to do the forensic exams for our children and having them here close-by is necessary. When our last nurse left, the children had to be transported to the White County Children’s Center or all the way to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.”


The Center’s child-friendly exam room is currently being updated with new equipment and medical supplies acquired through community fundraising efforts and successful grant application funding. The two new SANE-P nurses, Mandy Koekemoer, and Jacqueline Shannan are scheduled to be working from the NEACAC by the end of this month.


As for information on the announcement of the upcoming, fun, and exciting fundraiser being planned for next year during Child Abuse Prevention Month, the NEACAC says the details will be ‘unmasked’ soon.


The Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center is a safe place for kids who may have been sexually, physically, or emotionally, abused, to tell their story. By bringing together all the professionals, under one roof, for a single visit, the Center avoids re-traumatizing children who are already suffering from pain, fear, or confusion. The NEACAC of the 2nd Judicial District serves children within the Northeast Arkansas counties of Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, and Randolph. For more information on the NEACAC and ways to help support its mission, please visit neacac.net or call 870-275-7902.