Providence Alaska Foundation seeks community support for abuse response service
July 25, 2018
Donations for Alaska CARES will build new space to provide evaluations for children experiencing physical, sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Providence Alaska Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign to build a new space for Alaska CARES, the state’s largest evaluation center for children experiencing physical and sexual abuse. The campaign will officially launch during a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in Anchorage.
As part of the kickoff event, people representing organizations who have contributed to the campaign will plant 1,000 butterfly lawn ornaments to symbolize the average number of child abuse victims treated at Alaska CARES each year. Interviews will be available before and after the ceremony.
Alaska CARES is the state’s largest Child Advocacy Center and serves children, from newborns to age 18 years, from around the state. Treatment is provided in a facility where victim advocates, law enforcement, child protection, tribal health, forensic medicine and mental health professionals are all located under one roof so they can work together to help victims.
Representatives from Providence Health & Services Alaska, Southcentral Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation and Providence Alaska Foundation as well as Archbishop Roger Schwietz are scheduled to speak at the event.
Note: Due to limited space, this event is not open to the general public. However, the ceremony can be viewed live on the Providence Alaska Facebook page.
About Alaska CARES
Alaska CARES is an outpatient clinic located in Anchorage, Alaska. The clinic provides complete sexual and physical abuse evaluations for approximately 1,000 children each year, newborn to age 18 years, and 24-hour on-call services for cases that are considered emergent. Alaska CARES is a Children's Advocacy Center and a member of the National Children's Alliance, which is the governing body for more than 450 Children's Advocacy Centers across the United States. For more information about Alaska CARES, visit akcares.org.