Specialized Advocacy Services
Child Sexual Assault & Trauma
The rate of children experiencing sexual assault and trauma before they reach adulthood is alarming, making sexually based offenses one of the most common threats to a child's health.
The damage sexual assault can have on the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health of a child can lead to incalculable life consequences. And, it is imperative that child victims of sexual assault and trauma have the necessary resources, information, and support systems in place to help them heal and to move forward in life with their dignity intact.
MC6 Child Sexual Assault and Trauma Advocates are trained and certified in victim advocacy and crisis intervention.
The advocate can also access resources to help in a child's recovery. It is our hope that by providing child sexual assault victims with the means to overcome this health epidemic.
As survivors, children will become resilient, and awe-aspiring people who can do what they set out to do in life no matter the struggles along the way.
Child Abuse & Neglect
Nearly 3 million cases of child abuse and neglect are reported each year and 1 million of these are substantiated. The trauma of child abuse and neglect leaves children mentally, physically, and emotionally scarred. For some children, the scars are short-lived. But for others, these scars will last a lifetime.
Children need people who are willing to stand in the gap and fight to defend and protect their rights to live a life free from harm and fear of harm.
Children also need someone in their corner who will work with them, their families, and agencies to blunt the epidemic of abuse and neglect to enable them to heal and live their best lives.
MC6 Child Abuse and Neglect Advocates are trained in child abuse prevention and crisis intervention. As child abuse and neglect advocates, they will bring their knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to bear to keep children safe.
Ultimately, it is our goal to do what we can as an organization to help parents, caregivers, and all stakeholders to change and rethink disciplinary approaches and practices to ensure children are protected and have the opportunity to grow up in a healthy, happy, safe, and secure home environment.
Child Complex Investigation Services
Working Together to Safeguard Children. Complex abuse occurs both as part of a network of abuse across a family or community, and within institutions such as residential homes, places of worship, youth sports, or schools. Such abuse is profoundly traumatic for the children involved. Its investigation is time-consuming and requires specialist skills from police, advocates, and social work staff.
Complex abuse investigations can encompass three possible groups;
reporting abuse on children (current);
reporting of childhood abuse by adults; and
reporting abuse on adults (current).
Complex abuse is defined by MC6 as “abuse involving one or more abusers and a number of related or non-related abused children and young people. The abusers concerned may be acting in concert to abuse children, sometimes acting in isolation, or maybe using an institutional framework or position of authority to recruit children for abuse." Some investigations become extremely complex because of the number of places and people involved, and the period of abuse. The complexity is heightened, as in historical cases, where the alleged victims are no longer living in the settings where the incidents occurred or where the alleged perpetrators are no longer linked to the setting or employment role.
Each investigation of complex abuse will be different, according to the characteristics of each situation and the scale and complexity of the investigation. Each complex abuse investigation requires thorough planning, good inter-agency working, and attention to the welfare need of the child victims or adult survivors involved
Child Legal Representation
Quality legal representation in court is an essential safeguard to ensure that pertinent information is conveyed to the court, all parties’ legal rights are well protected, and the wishes and needs of all parties are effectively voiced. In turn, this helps judges make the best, most informed decisions possible in every case.
However, parents facing the potential loss of their children in dependency courts across the country are not afforded the same universal right to counsel as defendants in criminal proceedings. Access to representation for parents involved with the child welfare system who cannot afford to hire a private attorney varies from state to state — and the quality of that representation, when provided, varies even more.
High-quality Representation at MC6
Due to the unique and complex nature of dependency cases, interdisciplinary representation is considered to be the best way to deliver high-quality representation. Teams commonly include attorneys, social workers, and parent mentors/advocates, but also may include professionals with expertise in substance abuse treatment or other legal matters affecting families, such as domestic violence, education, delinquency, employment, or housing concerns.
Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
Every program providing services to children desires to foster a safe, exciting environment where learning and enrichment can occur. When an effective Safety System and protocols are put into place, staff members and volunteers can focus on their core purpose, knowing precautions have been taken to prevent abuse and protect children in their care
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is key in equipping staff members and volunteers to better understand the risk of child sexual abuse. Typically, our beliefs are shaped by our personal experiences, the experiences of our friends and family, and the media. For most of us, sexual abuse of children is not a reality we want to confront, so many of us choose to remain uninformed. Media coverage is incomplete, leaving us with an inaccurate picture of the scope, breadth, or shape of child sexual abuse. The Military Children's Six Foundation Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is a step towards protecting our greatest asset "our children."
International Terrorism Victim Program
In 2000, Congress amended the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 [34 U.S.C. § 20106] (Public Law 98–473) to include authorization for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to establish a federal program that would uniformly and equitably provide assistance to victims of designated terrorist acts for certain expenses, regardless of the victim’s legal state of residence.
Vicarious trauma is an ongoing process of change over time that results from witnessing or hearing about other people’s suffering and need. When you identify with the pain of people who have endured terrible things, you bring their grief, fear, anger, and despair into your own awareness and experience. Your commitment and sense of responsibility can lead to high expectations and eventually contribute to your feeling burdened, overwhelmed, and perhaps hopeless. Vicarious trauma, like experiencing trauma directly, can deeply impact the way you see the world and your deepest sense of meaning and hope.