|CAPstone settles into new home|
|August 30, 2012 Jerry Purvis|
Members of the Scottsbluff-Gering United Chamber of Commerce joined the staff at CAPstone for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The agency is now in its new home in Gering.
After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the CAPstone Child Advocacy Center is officially at its new home in Gering, located just east of the US Bank building.
CAPstone partners with Nebraska Health and Human Services for support. HHS assists them to be advocates for abused children and non-offending parents as the case moves through the court system.
CAPstone director Debi Fitts said the physical and sexual abuse of children has always been a problem, but more cases are being reported as people become more aware of the problem when it occurs. State law requires anyone who has reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused must report it to local law enforcement.
CAPstoneís history goes back to 1998, when people involved with child abuse and neglect from across the Panhandle met to discuss the idea of a child advocacy center.
The local center opened its doors in 2001 to help law enforcement investigate and adjudicate cases of child abuse, neglect and sexual abuse.
With satellite offices in Sidney, Alliance and Chadron, CAPstone serves the entire Panhandle so kids donít have to travel to the Gering office.
More information on CAPstone and the services it offers to the community is available by calling (308) 632-7274.