AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - The Lighthouse Children's Advocacy Center in Americus has received national accreditation for its services.
The National Children's Alliance gives the accreditation for advocacy centers that meet and exceed ten standards of care.
The Lighthouse CAC had already been given state accreditation by the Children Advocacy Centers of Georgia.
But with the national accreditation the CAC will receive $10,000 of additional funding each year.
Through this accreditation, the Lighthouse CAC will also be eligible to apply for national grants through the National Children's Alliance.
Lighthouse Director Amy Boney said that this is a huge turning point for the children they serve.
"Our national accreditation can give families an even better feeling when they come through our door knowing that a national accrediting body has said that we can serve them with a gold standard of care," explained Boney.
The Lighthouse CAC serves children who are suspected victims of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, commercial sexual exploitation, and children who have witnessed violent crime.
The children are referred to the CAC by the Department of Family and Children's Services or law enforcement.
The additional funds each year will help pay for forensic interviewers and supplies.
The Lighthouse CAC expects to receive the first installment of the $10,000 within the next six months.