ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) The Children's Advocacy Center received a unique gift from the Roanoke County Police Department. The department gave the center $17,000 worth of audio and video equipment, thanks to a federal assets forfeiture program.
The equipment is used to record testimony for various investigations involving child victims in the Roanoke Valley.
"It's an overall generous gift that was unexpected which was nice. It's going to allow our system to sustain and to keep us from worrying about if we are able to function," Children's Advocacy Center Program Lead Christiana Rouse said.
The Center has two interview rooms that are child friendly and they say with this new equipment it will allow them to be much more efficient with their process. Between the Roanoke and Christiansburg locations, the center reaches over 300 children throughout the year.
The Children's Trust of Roanoke Valley overseas the Children's Advocacy Center. The organization strives to prevent child abuse by providing support for children through the investigation and court proceedings.