We offer a warm welcome to Kristina Taylor-Porter, recently named executive director of the Centre County Children’s Advocacy Center, which is slated to open by late fall.
We believe in this program, and we recognize that getting a top executive hired is an important step as the center moves forward.
A steering committee of advocacy professionals and leaders from the county justice system has been driving the project. They have done remarkable work.
The local CAC is under the Mount Nittany Health System and will be housed in a hospital pediatric center being remodeled off Interstate 99 and along state Route 550 near Bellefonte.
The Centre County CAC, to be the 23rd in the state, will also serve child victims from neighboring counties.
Many professionals testified to the value of such facilities during a conference last week at Penn State.
CACs allow for onetime interviews of young sex-abuse victims, who otherwise would have to tell their painful stories many times during the legal process.
The centralizing of testimony also reduces time and costs, conference speakers said.
Taylor-Porter has been serving in a similar capacity in Indiana County.
Clearly, she will have a vital job in directing efforts to provide a secure and comfortable place for these young victims — who have already been through traumatic circumstances.
“My personal goal is to advocate for children,” she said, “and to serve as their voice when they have none.”