CARES Recieves President’s Cup Award

CARES is awarded the Presidents Cup Award

Photo courtesy of Natalie Bruzda from the Punxsutawney Spirit

On April 11, 2012, The Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce presented the President’s Cup Award to Western PA CARES for Kids!

Pictured on the right is BACC President, Randy Bartley presenting the award to CARES Executive Director, Pat Berger and CARES President, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett.

Since 1972, the President’s Cup is awarded yearly to a local organization “in recognition of substantial and meaningful contributions to the community”.

Western PA CARES for Kids also recieved citations from PA State Representative Sam Smith, U.S. Representative Glen ‘GT’ Thompson and U.S. Senator Joe Scarnati.

Left to Right: Vice President Dan Brownlee, Secretary Debbie Brownlee, Treasurer Judy Greeley, Nancy Rhodes, Executive Director Pat Berger, Jim Rhodes and President Jeff Burkett

Jefferson County Child Advocacy Center Achieves National Recognition (WJAC Article)

BROOKVILLE – Western PA CARES for Kids (CARES) was recognized by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation Tuesday.

CARES is a child advocacy center on Route 322 near Brookville that serves Jefferson, Clarion and Forest counties.

The center was awarded accreditation….Read Article


Western PA Cares for Kids Earns Accreditation by National Children’s Alliance (Explore Jefferson Article)

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A dream to treat the victims of child abuse was one Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett had many years ago.

Today, his dream, along with many others, has been realized in a way many never imagined.

Tuesday evening, many that have worked hard since 2004 to make Burkett’s dream a reality gathered at Western PA Cares For Kids to share the experience….Read Article

WTAJ Interview

Insight Interview on MegaRock


A recent interview that aired on MegaRock.

CARES Attends Leadership Conference in Washington DC for the Second Year in a Row

pat-sen toomeyWestern PA CARES for Kids was chosen to attend Leadership Conference in Washington DC for the second year in a row. While attending the conference the directors of chosen child advocacy centers met with Senators to discuss the benefits of child friendly centers and their multidisciplinary approach to investigation of child abuse.

WTAJ Article on Our Expansion Project

wtajBROOKVILLE, JEFFERSON COUNTY – Western PA Cares For Kids has been helping victims of child abuse for the last five years. Last fall they moved into a new building and now they’re looking for more.

The child advocacy center in Brookville is a place where children can share their stories of abuse in a safe environment while only speaking to one person…Click here to read full article

WJAC Article and Video on Our Expansion Project

WJAC-former-logoJEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. — Western PA Cares for Kids is the only child advocacy center in our northern coverage area.
The center started as a vision of Jefferson County District Attorney, Jeffrey Burkett….Read the rest of the article here

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

kp-795fApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month please join us by


Children deserve to be cherished and they thrive when adults care. They depend on adults for their safety. Unfortunately many children are abused by those adults in their lives who they should be able to trust. More than 90% of children are abused by someone they know, including family members or friends.

Most children never report being abused. They are often threatened or pressured to stay silent. We ask you as adults to be watchful for signs of abuse and always take it seriously when children speak of being abused. Report suspected child abuse to the police, or your child protective service agency. Children are our future and protecting them is everyone’s job. Every child matters.

There’s No Excuse For Child Abuse

CARES Becomes an Associate/Developing Member of National Children’s Alliance

From our acceptance letter:

On behalf of National Children’s Alliance, I would like to welcome your program as an Associate/Developing Member of our organization. We are pleased to see that your community has made the commitment to work together on behalf of abused and neglected children and is dedicated to the Children’s Advocacy Center model. Your willingness and ability to implement this model establishes you as leaders in this growing movement.

National Children’s Alliance is a professional membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first. National Children’s Alliance provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.