Lotus Children’s Advocacy Center is here for caregivers who are caring for a child who has faced abuse, neglect or sexual assault. We have a team ready to assist you as you provide the best care possible for the child. All services at Lotus are offered at no cost to the victim or their family. Lotus is funded by the federal, state and local community organization and individuals who believe in our mission to support survivors and end violence.
Remember you can contact us at any time with questions or concerns. Our team works together to not only help a child heal, but you as well. Learn more below about our services that help children and families in our community find justice and healing every day.
Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)
Our Children’s Advocacy Center is based on a multidisciplinary team approach. This means we have many community partners vested in the well-being of children who will work with you and your family as you go through the medical, healing, and legal process. We work collaboratively with protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, mental health and medical professionals to provide every child with the support team they need during this challenging time. We believe each child can truly be a Lotus, blossoming despite the trauma they’ve experienced. Our multidisciplinary team is focused on helping them hope, heal and grow.
Multidisciplinary Team Response to Child Abuse
Family Advocacy Services
Our family advocacy services focus on fostering healing and resilience for the entire family. We understand it can be difficult at times to focus on yourself when your child is hurting. We provide compassionate, trauma-informed support for caregivers and families. Our advocates help empower you with knowledge and access to critical resources. A family advocate helps you understand the impact of child traumatic stress and how our specialized services can assist you, your child, and family.
Legal advocates help victims and their caregivers navigate the legal system and make important decisions. They’re here to help you understand all of your rights and options. With court education, case tracking, updates and court accompaniment, you will feel confident and supported throughout the criminal and civil justice processes.
Our forensic interview team is trained to help children feel safe and comfortable as they begin talking about their experiences. The forensic interview will determine if a specialized medical exam is needed. Medical evaluations are offered on site in our offices by highly trained board certified physicians. Our medical services help reassure children and caregivers that their bodies are okay. Our Child Advocacy team will offer guidance for follow up care and services.
Therapy and Restorative Services
Child abuse and other forms of childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on children, families, and communities. Research shows a strong relationship between childhood trauma and serious outcomes such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, physical health programs, and even poverty and death. The good news is that we can prevent these outcomes which is why our early intervention services are so important. Evidence-based mental health treatments like those delivered at Lotus to child victims of abuse and caregivers can significantly reduce trauma symptoms and prevent the long-term effects of exposure to trauma.
At Lotus, we provide a holistic approach to healing and wellness which includes therapy techniques and wellness practices addressing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of their experiences. In a nurturing environment, our healing services are designed to help survivors build resources, change behaviors, and use the body as a tool for recovery. Expressive arts and play therapies fosters learning and self-expression and builds on the natural way that people learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Mindfulness and movement can bring new depth to healing and inner resilience helping to bring survivors back into their bodies, to interact with the world around them, to tell their stories in a language other than spoken words, and to begin trusting others again. Survivors gain a new sense of belonging and develop a sense of community that strengthens them as they overcome the challenges of trauma.
Some of the evidence-based therapy treatments we provide are:
- Trauma-focused Cognitive Therapy
- EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy
- SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment)
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Lotus is home to Kentucky’s first ever Expressive Arts Therapies Center dedicated to survivors where survivors are able to engage the mind, body and spirit through a variety of creative and expressive activities.
Some of the practices we use are:
- Play therapy
- Sand tray therapy
- Expressive arts therapies
- Yoga and movement
- Mindfulness and meditation training
- Regulation training
For caregivers, we also offer individual, family, and group therapy services. During this time it is vital for you to take care of yourself, as well as your child. Contact us or ask your family advocate for more information about these services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lotus Children’s Advocacy Center is Kentucky’s children’s advocacy program providing free services to survivors of child abuse and sexual violence from across the Purchase Area counties of McCracken, Calloway, Marshall, Graves, Hickman, Fulton, Ballard and Carlisle. We are here to lessen your burden, not increase it. Because our services are free, know that you have an entire community of people who want you to have every opportunity you need to truly heal and reclaim your life.
Talk with your child’s Lotus advocate or therapist. They can direct you to some helpful information specific to your child’s situation. But, to get you started here are two resources we recommend:
Remember, by law, if you believe a child may have experienced abuse, you must report this concern to the authorities.
If you are noticing odd behaviors but are unsure what it could mean, it is time to contact your child’s primary doctor or Lotus.