Pike County and surrounding areas consist of rural, socio-economically depressed, communities which are underserved and were in serious need of a Child Advocacy Family Resource Center to adequately serve victims of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse. Prior to establishing the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Family Resource Center, a Child Advocacy Center did not exist within a 50 mile radius of Pike County. Pike County and the surrounding three counties which our agency serves consist of an estimateed 100,000 people with a combined number of sexually abused children over the last three years exceeding 400 with over 250 being referred for prosecution. With the formation of a task force in April 2002, our community made a commitment to address these problems and find a solution. After successfully evaluating the problem, it was determined that the formation of a Child Advocacy Family Resource Center would help to eliminate several problems and meet the needs of these victimized children and their families. Thus, the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Family Resource Center (PRCA/FRC) was formed with the commitment to meet these needs.
With the formation of our board in July 2003, receiving 501c3 documentation in September 2003, and the formation of a multidisciplinary team in October 2003, our center began achieving our dreams.
Fundraising began, grants were written, staff was hired, our publicity campaign started to educate the community, and a facility was located by April 2005. Currently, we have a second satellite location in Enterprise, Alabama (Coffee County). The community and all agencies are on board and 100% behind the effort to solve child abuse/neglect problems and eliminate them.