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Aroostook Children’s Advocacy Center marks first anniversary

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Aroostook Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of Aroostook Mental Health Center, recently marked its one-year anniversary of providing services to children and families. 

The center, located in Fort Fairfield, is committed to minimizing trauma and promoting healing for children and their families following the allegation of sexual abuse, according to CAC officials. The program provides a streamlined, timely and evidence-based community response in a safe and neutral environment. 

In its first year the CAC assisted more than 80 children and their families, highlighting the need for services in Aroostook County. 

“Prior to its opening, the closest Children’s Advocacy Center was in Bangor,” said Lori Deschaine, LCSW, forensic interviewer. “Having this program locally reduces the barriers in navigating a sometimes complex system, while connecting the child and family with resources and supports.” 

“This program would not be possible without the strong support it received from many local organizations and businesses who understood the need for this service,” explained Lydia Christie, program coordinator for sexual assault services and Aroostook CAC.  “As we start our second year of operation, we wish to thank our community partners for making this possible.”

Donations will continue to be an important part of Aroostook CAC’s funding. 

“We are grateful for the continued support that helps ensure the sustainability of the program,” said Christie. 

Referrals for Aroostook CAC come through law enforcement, child protective services or the district attorney’s office. For more information, contact the CAC at 207-472-6134. 

To donate, send contributions to Christie at AMHC, P.O. Box 1018, Caribou, Maine 04736. The CAC also has a list of program supplies available on the Amazon Aroostook CAC wish list accessible through the following link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/29S0Y11KEEX6X. 

Celebrating 55 years, AMHC is a nonprofit organization supporting nearly 6,000 clients annually at sites across Aroostook, Washington and Hancock counties. For more information, connect with AMHC at www.amhc.org.

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