Organization Helping West Georgia Youth Holds Open House

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A different type of tree is popping up in Columbus, and its main goal is to help children.  The Children's Tree House is holding an open house and introducing a new advocacy partner. Several community leaders gathered at the Twin Cedars Youth Service's Open House.

Tiffany Wilson, the Public Relations Coordinator told News Leader Nine, "Today we are opening our doors to our friends and stakeholders and introducing new staff and we're also here to answer any questions anyone might have."

"To acquaint people to our new location and to get the word out that services are available in Muscogee County for that specific population," added CASA Coordinator, Rosalind Alston.

One of those new services is the partnership with CASA. Alston explains, "CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. I train volunteers to work in the juvenile court system to advocate permanency for children."

The non-profit group provides youth services including prevention, counseling and residential care. They are also showing off their new state-of-the-art technology.

A Child Advocate with the center, Angela Crabtree said, "We are very fortunate to have a brand new recording system in here. We have two cameras that provide us different angles so we see the child and the interviewer's face."

Crabtree says this new system allows children who are victims of abuse to only have to share their story once, "The police officers involved in the investigation, the district attorneys, and investigators can observe in another room as I conduct the interview."