Kids First

Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District

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P.O. Box 928

Lenoir City, TN 37771


About Kids First

The Child Advocacy Center is Committed to:

  • Reducing the trauma experienced by children who have been abused.
  • Providing a child-friendly, safe environment where a child’s voice is heard and respected.
  • Coordinating sexual assault medical examinations and treatment.
  • Holding offenders accountable.
  • Supporting the state-mandated Child Protective Investigative Team as it investigates all reported cased of severe child abuse.
  • Creating programs and community education focused on prevention and early intervention of child abuse.
  • Empowering non-offending parents to protect their children.

The Mission of The Center:

  • To heal the pain of child abuse.

Child Advocacy Center Facts

The Area Served:

  • The geographical area covers 1307 square miles, basically rural area.
  • The population of the four counties is 121,839 (2000 Census).
  • 22% of the population is under the age of 18.
  • Three of the Four counties served have a poverty level that is higher than the state average.
  • Roane County: 15% of population lives in poverty.
  • Meigs and Morgan Counties: 19% of the population of each county lives in poverty.

NOTE: Links between poverty and child abuse, particularly physical abuse, is well documented by research.

In 2009 Child Advocacy Centers in Tennessee:

  • Provided services to 18,475 children
  • Forensic Interviewers conducted 6,277 child interviews.
  • Of these new victims 11,295 were female and 6,942 were male.
  • 13,439 of the victims were under the age of 12 years.
  • Of the new victims, 11,500 of the children were sexual abuse victims, while 2,388 were victims of physical abuse.
  • 8,444 of these victims were abused by their parent/stepparent or relative.

**31 centers reporting

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