TALKS CENTER

Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center executive director Rebecca Yuncker talks to the Iosco County Board of Commissioners about establishing a children’s assessment center in Iosco.

Karen Rouse

TAWAS CITY – A proposed agreement between the Iosco County Board of Commissioners and the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) was introduced to commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting.

Rebecca Yuncker, CAC executive director, requested county support of a children’s advocacy center to be located in Iosco. She said the organization has partnered with St. Joseph Health System for space at the hospital located in Tawas City to house the facility. At this time, child victims who use the center’s services must be driven to a locations an hour or more away.

A CAC provides a centralized, coordinated location and group of services to assist and support children who are victims of sexual and other assaults and/or abuse. At the same time, it can facilitate investigation of these crimes so that the perpetrators can be successfully prosecuted.

If commissioners approve the agreement, for one year the county will contract with the CAC for services and its assistance in conducting investigations into actual or alleged assaults and/or abuse of children.

 

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