The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center recently received a significant donation from the Cherokee Nation — $10,000 — to assist even more victims of child abuse.
“The Cherokee Nation is proud to help fund the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center in Claremore,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We have an obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children. By partnering with the center, we reinforce that resolute commitment to the wellness of children and families in Rogers, Craig and Mayes counties.”
The Claremore-based nonprofit children’s advocacy center opened in 2001 and now serves an average of 200 children in Rogers, Craig and Mayes counties annually.
The center performs forensic interviews, medical evaluations and mental health treatment in a nurturing environment that is in one location to help child victims and their families be more at ease. The center also helps in preparation for court cases.
“The (William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy) Center is extremely grateful to Cherokee Nation for their contribution,” said Holly Webb, executive director of the center. “Our services are provided at no cost to children and their families. This donation ensures that services will continue without interruption.”
More than 675,000 children were abused nationwide in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Native American population had the second highest rate of victims per 1,000 children of all races and ethnicities. If you know a family that needs assistance, you may call center officials at (918) 283-2800.