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Dawson Place Open House

November 02, 2010

New Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center Hosts Public Open House on November 18
Enhances services for child victims of assault and abuse

Everett, WA – Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 4 – 7 pm, Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center is hosting a public open house of its new location at 1509 California Street, Everett, WA 98201. Guided tours of the new facility include medical exam rooms, family room / playroom, child interview rooms, and an educational room with information on sexual and physical abuse prevention. The public will also meet service dogs Astro and Stilson. Law enforcement, medical examiners, prosecution, advocacy, therapy and child protective services staff will be available to answer questions.

Dawson Place is a nationally accredited child advocacy center where partner agencies work collaboratively under one roof to provide separate but coordinated services for abused children. Dawson Place is the only such agency in the state offering all services for physically or sexually abused children in a single location.

The new Dawson Place building is the result of many years of hard work in securing support and funding for this needed service in Snohomish County. Each year the Dawson Place staff provides needed services to over 1,000 children in our county who have been victimized by sexual or physical abuse. Come see how an accredited child advocacy center meets the needs of children in our community.

About Dawson Place

Dawson Place cares for approximately 1,000 sexually and/or physically abused children from Snohomish County (birth to 18 years of age) at no charge. The purpose of Dawson Place is to coordinate timely, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary responses to child physical and sexual abuse within a safe, agency-neutral and child-focused setting. The services that are provided through Dawson Place include medical exams, community advocacy, preventative education, mental health assessments and counseling, child forensic interviews, child protective services, law enforcement investigations and also offender prosecution services.

Agency partners co-located at Dawson Place include: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Special Assault Unit (SAU), Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, Compass Health’s Child Advocacy Program (CAP), and Child Protective Services.

Additional Information about Dawson Place:

  • Dawson Place will host an Open House of their new site, located at 1509 California Street, on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 4 – 7 pm.
  • Dawson Place purchased and renovated its new building located at 1509 California Street. They opened for business in July of 2010.
  • Governor Gregoire signed the Washington State budget for the next biennium (2010-2013) and $1 million of the budget was designated for Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center in Everett, Washington. We had received a $650,000.00 funding designation in the previous funding cycle.
  • Senator Patty Murray initiated a $974,000 federal appropriation bill in 2010 for Dawson Place.
  • Snohomish County Council signed a resolution to support Dawson Place obtaining their new building.
  • Dawson Place has been an accredited Child Advocacy Center of Washington State serving all of Snohomish County since September 2007.
  • Dawson Place receives funding from United Way, City of Everett, National Children’s Alliance and Child Advocacy Centers of Washington State.

Contact: Mary Wahl, Executive Director, Dawson Place 425-388-7494 or 425-388-7497