The Pinal County Attorney's Family Advocacy Center will again be aided by the Coolidge Cotton Days Biker Run. The Center, located in Toltec, is dedicated to reducing stress among children who are the victims of crime while they are going through the investigative process.
Opened in March of 2005, the Center houses detectives, forensic interviewers, child protective workers, and other professionals involved in investigating cases of abuse and molestation of children. This multidisciplinary approach avoids having to take children from one agency to another but lets them remain in a safe and comfortable environment.
In 2007 the Center served 572 children who would have otherwise had to have been transported to either Maricopa or Pima County. This is a substantial increase over 2006 when 317 children were seen at the Center. "The welfare of the children and their families is our highest concern. But the Center also saves substantial time and costs for local law enforcement as well as for parents who receive services in our community rather than in another county," said James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney.
The Family Advocacy Center will have a display table on Saturday, February 23, 2008, near the registration area for the Biker Run. The public is invited to come by the booth and learn more about the Family Advocacy Center.
A check will be presented to the Center at a later date. Last year's donation was used to provide clothing, food and toys for the children.
"I am grateful to the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce and the Biker Run for their generosity," said Walsh. "Their support of these children and families enduring traumatic experiences is exemplary."