Annual Report 2020

On behalf of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center’s Staff and Board of Directors, we are honored to share the 2020 Annual Report with you.

The past year has challenged us to come together like never before. Although essential to combatting the spread of COVID-19, safety measures such as school closures, digital learning and social-distancing created environments where kids were isolated from their support networks including teachers, coaches, counselors, and other trusted adults. Due to social isolation and additional stressors as a result of the pandemic, some children were even more vulnerable to abuse. We are so grateful to you, our donors, advocates and other supporters, who remained loyal and devoted to our mission during the pandemic. Your commitment helped Mission Kids through this trying and difficult time and allowed us to continue to serve the children of Montgomery County.

We are so proud of the Mission Kids staff and leadership, and we want to thank them for their dedication and hard work. After the news received on March 12, 2020, Mission Kids immediately jumped into action and began to design a plan to continue to provide hope and healing for our clients despite a global pandemic. By March 16, Mission Kids had distributed its first written Guidelines of Operation During COVID-19 Pandemic. Mission Kids regularly met with multidisciplinary team members to develop safe, virtual forensic interviewing techniques so we could continue to serve our clients and respond to child abuse allegations while ensuring staff, multidisciplinary team members, children and their families remained safe and healthy. Mission Kids took the lead in Pennsylvania on developing protocols for how to continue operating safely, discuss safety planning, conduct virtual forensic interviews and telehealth therapy, and work remotely with staff and directors across the state.

Although many things halted, Mission Kids continued to grow during the pandemic by adding another Trauma Therapist, a Family Advocate, a third Forensic Interviewer and an additional full-time Community Prevention Educator. Thanks to Zoom, in 2020 alone, our prevention education team continued its outreach and reached more than 5,000 children, adults, educators, and so many more through ROAR, Darkness to Light and Child Abuse and Trauma-informed Classroom Workshops.

Abbie Newman, R.N., J.D., our fearless leader, was recognized in the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of 2020’s Most Admired CEOs and in Main Line Today as one of the magazine’s 2020 Power Women. Abbie also continued her international research and partnerships to keep Mission Kids at the forefront of child advocacy centers.

True to our mission of “achieving healing and justice for victims of child abuse by providing collaborative services, advocacy, leadership and education,” Mission Kids continued to strengthen forensic interviews, family advocacy and trauma therapy services for our most vulnerable children despite the pandemic. This was especially important as children experienced the societal and economic disruptions associated with COVID-19.
Again, we are blessed and grateful to our donors, partners and advocates for staying by our side.

We are only able to accomplish all that we do because of you and your commitment to Mission Kids.

Thank you for your continued support!

To request a physical copy of our 2020 Annual Report, please contact Paula Jones, Director of Development via email: pjones@missionkidscac.org.