Southcentral Foundation gives $3 million to support children who experience abuse
October 17, 2018
Donation will be used toward construction of new treatment center, operations at Alaska CARES
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Southcentral Foundation has donated $3 million to Alaska CARES, the state’s largest evaluation center for children experiencing physical and sexual abuse.
The gift – which is the largest donation to date – will be used toward the construction of a new treatment center as well as operational support, helping ensure the continued sustainability of Alaska CARES. The new facility is scheduled to open in April 2019.
“This is a monumental moment for Alaska’s children and families as they begin their healing journey after experiencing the trauma of abuse,” said Suzanne Rudolph, president of Providence Alaska Foundation. “Thank you to Southcentral Foundation for leading the way with your generous gift and continued partnership to provide this valuable service.”
Alaska CARES is the state’s largest Children’s Advocacy Center and serves children, from newborns to age 18 years, from around the state. Alaska CARES is part of a community collaboration that provides treatment 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.
Southcentral Foundation has been a longtime partner and contributor to Alaska CARES. In addition to operational support, Southcentral Foundation’s Alaska Native Advocacy Team is co-located at Alaska CARES and serves Alaska Native and American Indian children and families. This collaboration, which is unique among children’s advocacy centers, ensures systems and services are respectful and culturally appropriate.
“Southcentral Foundation is honored to be part of a collaborative partnership that is serving the needs of families,” said April Kyle, vice president of Behavioral Services at Southcentral Foundation. “It’s an important partnership that we have been involved in for the past 10 years and is an example of collaboration in action.”
To learn more about Alaska CARES or donate, visit akcares.org.
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, a service of The Children’s Hospital at Providence, 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 www.akcares.org.
About Southcentral Foundation
Southcentral Foundation is an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit health care organization. Managing more than 80 health care programs and services, SCF serves 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in Anchorage, the Mat-Su Borough and 55 rural villages in the Anchorage Service Unit. For more information about Southcentral Foundation, visit www.southcentralfoundation.com/.