Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center is an inspiring example of a successful public/private partnership. In 1994, a community task force began meeting to find a better way to serve children involved in child abuse investigations and their families. After a year of information gathering and review, the group recommended establishing a center where teams would provide children and families coordinated services in a child-friendly setting. In January of 1997, their recommendation became a reality when the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center first opened its doors in a small house on West Myrtle Street in Fort Collins, later moving to the current location on South Timberline Road. The former farmhouse we utilize was built in the 1890’s, and it is registered on the Fort Collins list of Historic/Landmark Properties as the Gill/Nelson Farm. In April 2016, Larimer County Child Advocacy Center officially changed its name to Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center.
Name Change: A Letter from the Executive Director
April 1, 2016
It’s a big day for us here at the Child Advocacy Center! After nearly 20 years doing business as the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center, today we become Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center. We couldn’t be more excited to usher in this new era for our agency.
We selected the name Voices Carry to remind our community that it is our job, as adults, to shine light on the issue of child sexual abuse. When a child is brave enough to tell his or her truth here at the CAC, it is up to us to make sure that this small voice is heard. As we know, child sexual abuse thrives in secrecy, and Voices Carry signifies the courage necessary to speak up.
Today we unveil our much improved website: www.voicescarrycac.org. I hope you will spend a few minutes perusing it. Throughout the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Voices Carry will be celebrating our new name with an array of events. As always, we would welcome the opportunity to host you for a tour of Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center.
Strength. Hope, Justice. Our kids deserve all three, and at Voices Carry, we pledge to do our part to make sure they receive nothing less.
Mary Beth Swanson, Executive Director