Charleston, S.C, August 24, 2018 – Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families has announced the grand opening of the new Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center at Long Point. The completion of this new full-service center marks the halfway point in the center’s monumental campaign to transform child abuse services in the Lowcountry.
Above and Beyond: The Campaign to help Children Soar, launched in May 2017. The proceeds from this capital campaign have funded the construction of the new location in Mount Pleasant and will fund the renovation and expansion of the original headquarters in downtown Charleston. Once both Centers are complete, the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center will be able to treat 3,500 children a year, a 133 percent increase.
“The grand opening of this second center is a significant milestone in our organization’s history,” says Dr. Carole Swiecicki, executive director and CEO of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. “Since opening in 1991, we have helped more than 28,000 children. This expansion will ensure we are able to meet the needs of our area’s children for the next 20 years.”
Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center at Long Point
The new location at 677 Long Point Rd provides all of Dee Norton’s services with forensic interview rooms where children receive non-leading interviews to discover what, if any, abuse occurred to them, and medical suite staffed by MUSC Children’s Health professionals from MUSC’s department of child abuse pediatrics to provide medical exams. This Center will be able to help 1,500 children every year.
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The location of this Center was chosen after extensive strategic analysis by the organization’s leadership. Research indicates that in areas east of the Cooper River, the Center serves only an estimated 36 percent of children suffering from abuse. On Daniel Island and in Cainhoy, only 21 percent are served. This facility at Long Point will improve accessibility for these families.
Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center at King Street
For the past 26 years, the Center has helped more than 28,000 children at its 1061 King Street location. Now those doors are temporarily closed while the Center undergoes a complete renovation and expansion. The project consists of a renovation with improvements to the existing building and construction of a 1,200 square foot addition. The design will mirror the new Long Point Center to create a seamless experience between the two locations. This Center is expected to be complete in early 2019. Once completed, this Center will be able to treat 2,000 children every year, a 33 percent increase.
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To learn more about the Above and Beyond campaign or to tour the new location, please call Beverly Hutchison at 843.723.3600.
For more information, visit www.deenortoncenter.org.
About Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Primary services include forensic interviews, medical examinations and mental health assessments as well as immediate support and coordination. The center also provides evidence-based therapy to child victims and their families. For more information, visit www.deenortoncenter.org.