Child abuse investigation is streamlined - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Child abuse investigation is streamlined

 May 22, 2008

Albany - Dougherty County now has one location to investigate child abuse cases. With a handshake, the Open Arms Sunshine Center transferred testing and interviewing responsibilities to the Lily Pad SANE Center.

While Open Arms continues to serve as South Georgia's only Child Abuse Shelter, interviews and exams of sexual abuse victims will be now be done at the Lily Pad. 

"Most of the kids who come to the Sunshine Center have already been traumatized, so we felt like having one destination where they go for the forensic interviews as well as the physical part, which is the examination, under one location would minimize that trauma," said Open Arms Executive Director Fonda Strong.

"One of the concepts of child forensic interviews is to put them in a friendly environment, child friendly and we'll have toys and soft fuzzy colors and that kind of stuff then they're not exposed to a police interview room that tends to be a lot more sterile, hostile and foreboding," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek. 

Lily Pad will assume those duties June first.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=ChildAbuseCenters-JE-5/22

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Open statewide seats, House challenges down Georgia ballot

    Open statewide seats, House challenges down Georgia ballot

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:50 AM EDT2018-05-22 06:50:06 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Georgia voters have plenty of election contests to settle after casting their Republican and Democratic primary ballots for governor.

    More >>

    Georgia voters have plenty of election contests to settle after casting their Republican and Democratic primary ballots for governor.

    More >>
  • Officials implement policy change after 2017 bridge collapse

    Officials implement policy change after 2017 bridge collapse

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:15:50 GMT
    (Source: WGCL)(Source: WGCL)

    Officials say the kind of materials that fed a fire below a metro Atlanta highway overpass which collapsed last year will no longer be stored under state bridges.

    More >>

    Officials say the kind of materials that fed a fire below a metro Atlanta highway overpass which collapsed last year will no longer be stored under state bridges.

    More >>
  • Stacey Abrams stops in Albany before primaries

    Stacey Abrams stops in Albany before primaries

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:39:32 GMT
    One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.
    One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.One Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams, stopped in Albany.

    The primary elections for Georgia are Tuesday, and one of the Democratic Party candidates for Governor made a stop in Albany Monday.  

    More >>

    The primary elections for Georgia are Tuesday, and one of the Democratic Party candidates for Governor made a stop in Albany Monday.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly