Langley donates $5,000 to support Child Abuse Program
Langley Federal Credit Union presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) for their Child Abuse Program. The program provides assessment and treatment services for children throughout greater Hampton Roads and outlying areas who are suspected of being abused and/or neglected. The main program in Norfolk is supported by satellite offices in CHKD Health and Surgery Centers in both Newport News and Virginia Beach. The program's team of professionals cares for approximately 1,000 children each year through a variety of medical, mental health, and forensic services.
Langley's most recent gift to CHKD will support the many forensic interviews provided by specially-trained staff at the Child Abuse Program. Forensic interviews are accurate, detailed interviews of potentially abused children that facilitate investigations and reduce trauma to the child. Information gathered during these interviews allows investigators to collect necessary information about the alleged abuse, assess the credibility of the child, and help determine if additional services are needed.
"This team, like the rest of the CHKD family, does such amazing work and I am proud to be a part of their support network," stated Langley Senior Vice President and CHKD Developmental Advisory Board Member Deb Vollmer. "Many of the communities they serve don't reimburse the cost of participating in the program. With this latest donation to the Child Abuse Program, Langley will be helping CHKD to continue their work helping abused or neglected children in Hampton Roads."
The program's three Forensic Interviewers provide more than 600 forensic interviews annually, which are free of charge to the family and the investigators. Another free benefit to the children cared for by the program is a four-legged friend named Pecos, a specially-trained facility dog who has been part of the program for almost three years. The first canine to join a child advocacy center in Virginia, Pecos works with children during forensic interviews, medical exams, and therapy sessions. Michele Thames, the Forensic Interviewer Supervisor at the Child Abuse Program, is Pecos' handler and sees first-hand his unique ability to calm children, help them relax and disclose what has happened. "Pecos listens but does not judge; he is a wonderful addition to our team to help the children of our community," says Ms. Thames.
For more information about CHKD and the Child Abuse Program, or to make a donation, visit chkd.org.
Pictured (L-R) Langley Senior Vice President of Branch Services Deb Vollmer presents a $5,000 check to Pecos, the CHKD Child Abuse Program's facility dog and his handler, Michele Thames, Forensic Interviewer Supervisor.