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Car trouble imperils this Eagle Point family’s route to work, school, child care, therapy and a better life.
Lacking money for repairs, this 33-year-old mother of two young children is challenged to get to work and college classes in Medford while keeping her children involved in treatment for sexual abuse. Compounding their emotional stress is this family’s grief over the recent death of extended family, as well as the mother’s pregnancy.
Improved transportation is the most pressing need for this family, who live a great distance from the mother’s work and school because of high housing costs. She hopes to give her children a few holiday gifts, which she cannot afford. The 8-year-old boy loves math, science and books, while his 7-year-old sister enjoys dressing up as a princess, dancing and doing puzzles. Both kids like animals and magic tricks. Their mother wishes for basic items to ease her pregnancy.
This family recently became clients of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County when the mother discovered that her son and daughter had suffered sexual abuse over a long period of time. The family has lived in fear that the alleged perpetrator would return before he could be located and arrested.
The Medford-based Advocacy Center provides services to children, up to age 18, who have been abused or witnessed violent crimes. Staff uses a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to the investigation, intervention and prosecution of child abuse cases. Through the center, clients receive forensic interviews, medical evaluation, treatment and diagnosis of child abuse, as well as therapy.