Family Support Line was founded in 1984, when a group of social service professionals and private citizens concerned about the increasing incidence of child sexual abuse established a volunteer program to address the need. A mother who was seeking support for herself and her daughter sensitized these individuals to the service needs of families with a child who had been sexually abused.
The program operated until 1987, when the task of responding to the growing problem of child sexual abuse exceeded the time and financial resources of the volunteers. Those involved recognized that to effectively provide therapeutic services for these children and parents, a more stable base of operations was necessary. In 1988, this volunteer effort was reestablished and incorporated as Family Support Line of Delaware County, Inc.
Family Support Line develops and provides specialized treatment groups for children, adolescents, non-offending parents and family members. Family Support Line's Sexual Abuse Prevention Education seminars provide a comprehensive approach to the prevention and early detection of child sexual abuse. And we now extend our expertise to other professionals through our consultation, training and conference services.
Our newest program, The Delaware County Childrens Advocacy Center (DCCAC), opened in April, 2015. The DCCAC is a welcoming space where children who may be victims of child abuse come to talk with a specially-trained forensic interviewer about their experiences. The DCCAC follows a national, research-based, multi-disciplinary model for responding to allegations of child abuse. This model has been shown to reduce the need for children to testify about their abuse in court, increase successful prosecution of child abusers, and make it easier for families to navigate the criminal justice system.