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Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrates 10 years

A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrated 10 years of service with an open house at its Social Circle location Wednesday.

The advocacy center was the brainchild of Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne, who spoke to a crowd of supporters gathered at Wednesday’s event. Wynne outlined the center’s ascension, including the behind the scenes work before the program came to fruition in 2006.

The center’s model utilizes teamwork and coordination between all agencies involved in child abuse cases in Newton, Walton and surrounding counties. A Child’s Voice is a non-profit organization that provides forensic interviews by specially trained interviewers, forensic medical examinations, family advocacy services and community outreach, including training and education.

The center was located in Covington until December 2008 when it relocated to Loganville through 2012. A Child’s Voice then moved to its current location in Social Circle in April 2013.

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors, which includes: Amy Greenway, Vice Chair of Edward Jones Investments; Lee Garrett, Treasurer of Liberty First Bank; Joe Chapman, Walton County Sheriff; Sharon Queen, Chief Nursing Officer of Clearview Medical Center; Tom Riermaier, Walmart Distribution Center; Dr. Priscilla Faulkner, Southeastern Psychological Services, Inc.; Dr. Lisa Miller, Lisa Miller Pediatrics PC; Penny Shirley Walton, DFCS; Wayne Morgan, Golden State Foods; Frank Turner, Jr., Greer, Stanfield and Turner; Bill Walker, Legacy State Bank; Layla Zon, Alcovy Circuit District Attorney and Bob Furnad.