The Lancaster County Children’s Alliance (LCCA) opened its new location at 430 North Lime St., Lancaster on Jan. 27.
LCCA is the county’s only child advocacy center that coordinates the investigation, the prosecution and most important, the treatment of child sexual abuse.
A larger facility enables LCCA to better support victims of child abuse and meet the growing need for this service. The new facility is specifically designed to provide a safe and child-focused environment. New forensic interview and observation rooms will enable team members to more effectively gather evidence to help prosecute abusers, all while helping the child take their first steps to healing.
“Since we opened our doors in 2008, many children have found safety and security within the walls of the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance,” said Mary Halye, LCCA Manager. “We will be able to better meet the needs of our community by moving to a larger location with enhanced care amenities.”
Other features include a new family counseling room, consultation rooms and off-street parking for families.
The facility was renovated following a $1.2 million campaign that was generously supported by the community, and led by campaign co-chairs Ralph Simpson, CEO of Warfel Construction, and Gregg Scott, Partner Emeritus of RLPS architects. Carol Rae Cullition, President of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, served as the Honorary Campaign Chair and generously provided a leadership gift that matched all gifts made to this project.
”I am so proud of our community for responding to this need to help victims of child abuse. We don’t like to think that abuse happens in our community, but it does and this new Center will serve as a safe and welcoming place to begin the healing process for children and their families,” said Culliton.
LG Health is a committed partner and member of a multidisciplinary team that supports LCCA.