Children’s Cove Discusses Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Sex Trafficking on ‘The Point’ on WCAI-FM

Stacy Gallagher, Director of Children’s Cove, joined Mindy Todd on ‘The Point’ on WCAI to discuss the very real issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking that is currently facing Cape Cod, and what is being done to combat it. Listen to learn how to spot the signs of someone who is being bought and sold in the sex trade. This segment also highlights two other local organizations working to protect potential victims. Listen here


Children’s Cove Receives $10,000 Grant from Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Program; Member of Inaugural Class of KidCents Charities

Children’s Cove is pleased to announce its selection as a Rite Aid Foundation KidCents charity, and its receipt of a $10,000 grant from the KidCents program. The KidCents program gives Rite Aid customers and wellness+ customers the opportunity to round up their purchase and donate the change to a charity of their choice. Children’s Cove was nominated and invited to participate by local Rite Aid leadership in recognition of its important and extensive work in dealing with victims of child sexual abuse on the Cape & Islands. The grant presentation took place Wednesday, September 17th at 2:00 PM at the Rite Aid on West Main Street in Hyannis.

“We are so incredibly thankful to have been selected to the inaugural class of KidCents charities by the Rite Aid Foundation.” says Stacy Gallagher, Executive Director of Children’s Cove. “The $10,000 special initial grant will be a huge help to us as we expand our programs that bring a public focus to the issue, training programs that teach parents and first responders how to respond to suspicions of abuse, and our work helping victims heal. We see over 200 cases per year in our facility, and have recently launched our new TIPNet program.”KidsCents_logo

Children’s Cove TIPNet (Trauma Informed Provider Network) is designed to provide an opportunity for talented mental health providers to receive free on-going training in nationally recognized trauma treatment models in exchange for their participation in our network that offers highly effective mental health referrals to the children and families we serve.


Children’s Cove Earns Re-Accreditation From the National Children’s Alliance

Children’s Cove is pleased to announce their re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) in Washington, DC for another 5 years. Re-accreditation is given based on a rigorous examination of 10 points of a child advocacy center’s (CAC) programs, facilities and operations. The NCA is a national nonprofit organization representing the leading child advocacy centers child sexual abuse professionals working to reduce the lifelong impact of and prevent future child sexual abuse. Taken together, NCA member organizations see over 250,000 cases per year.

The accreditation process involves a mix of on-side audits, thorough reviews of the organization’s protocols and processes and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the multi-disciplinary team, made up of victim’s advocates, medical professionals, mental health professionals and law enforcement. Children’s Cove was applauded for its coordination of work with their partner agencies throughout the Cape and Islands. The organization’s focus on conducting thorough forensic interviews and for the depth of its multi-disciplinary team, or MDT, were cited as key reasons for reaccreditation. Children’s Cove is the only child advocacy center of its kind on the Cape and Islands and was established in 1997.


Leslie Moreland, LMHC, Joins Children’s Cove as Mental Health Coordinator

Children’s Cove: The Child Advocacy Center for the Cape and Islands, has hired Leslie Moreland, LMHC as their Mental Health Coordinator. As the Mental Health Coordinator at Children’s Cove, Moreland will develop and coordinate services with a network of trained mental health professionals who specialize in trauma-informed treatment for child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.

For over 18 years, Mrs. Moreland has provided mental health services and coordinated supportive services for children and families who have experienced sexual abuse/severe physical violence. Leslie was previously the clinic director at Cape Behavioral Health Center. She was also with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in various positions for 15 years.

Children’s Cove plans to sponsor a series of trainings and establish an ongoing learning collaborative to build the capacity of trained mental health providers who specialize in trauma treatment on the Cape and Islands. In her position as Mental Health Coordinator, Mrs. Moreland will be a key part of the team building the learning collaborative.


Children’s Cove Raises $4,000 from Millway Beach Polar Plunge

Children’s Cove thanks event organizers Rich French and Ed Robinson for their hard work and dedication organizing the annual event. 

Children’s Cove would like to thank the organizers and participants of the Millway Beach Polar Plunge for raising over $4,000 to support victims of child sexual abuse and their families on Cape Cod and the Islands. On January 1st 2014, a group of hardy swimmers braved the bitter cold air and water at the annual Millway Beach Polar Plunge with Children’s Cove as 2014’s beneficiary. Funds were raised through the sale of sponsorships and t-shirts.

“We are very grateful to Rich French and Ed Robinson for their support. It was a pleasant surprise to be chosen as a beneficiary for this event and a great way to ring in the New Year,” says Stacy Gallagher, Director of Children’s Cove. “Thank you to the organizers, the swimmers, spectators and everyone that came out to enjoy the event and support our organization.”

Children’s Cove provides counseling referrals, advocacy, and support to victims of child sexual abuse and their families in every town on Cape Cod and the Islands. In 2013, Children’s Cove helped over 200 families overcome the victimization of their children and aided the police and District Attorney’s office in prosecuting the abusers. Money raised from events such as the Millway Beach Polar Plunge allows Children’s Cove to continue offering a full range of support services to victims of child sexual abuse.


Children’s Cove Featured as part of Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine’s “2014 Giving Guide”

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Children’s Cove Director Stacy Gallagher urges Cape Cod and the Islands to “Look Closely” in Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine

Stacy Gallagher urges parents, friends and concerned adults on Cape Cod and the Islands to “look closely” for signs of child sexual abuse. Sadly, chances are someone you know is a victim.

Read the article in Cape & Plymouth Business