Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $486,203)
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a significant problem in Georgia which has profound emotional and behavioral consequences for child victims and their families. To combat this, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia (CACGA) CSEC Response Team proposes to provide three additional, locally placed, Regional Care Coordinators throughout the state to provide victim centered and trauma informed services for CSEC victims. CACGA has determined that Regional Care Coordinators are needed to be positioned in: 1) the Metro Atlanta area; 2) Region 9 which includes the HOPE Court of Savannah; and 3) a statewide PRN Regional Care Coordinator. The primary activities of the Regional Care Coordinators include: conducting comprehensive trauma informed assessments to determine CSEC victimization and providing victim and family centered recommendations for services; providing accurate information to inform the CACs when creating the individual RYSE Plan (Restoring Youth and Stopping Exploitation victim centered service plan); collaborating with the network of 52 CACs; presenting each suspected CSEC victim’s case to the Statewide CSEC MDT for case review; providing provisions for intensive case management services for confirmed victims; opening pathways for communication with new and developing service partners; and conducting service evaluation and peer review.
The CSEC Response Team enhances the current response to CSEC occurring in Georgia by creating a unique CAC focus on the CSEC population, and improving or enhancing current local and statewide efforts. Funds will enable the CSEC Response Team to increase its statewide coverage to rural, oppressed and impoverished areas of Georgia. Utilizing the funds of this grant, CACGA will hire an additional three Regional Care Coordinators to coordinate the care and services provided to CSEC victims and provide the best resources by locating in their regions of Georgia. The goal for this project is to provide intensive service coordination to address the needs of CSEC victims and their families by offering consistent continuity of care. This project will expand and strengthen service to CSEC victims and provide for the enhanced capacity to ensure that a child living in poverty and/or the most rural areas of Georgia will receive the same quality services as a child that presents in metro Atlanta by lowering the caseloads for each Regional Care Coordinator and allowing for more intensive saturation of direct care in the victims’ county of residence.