Children’s Advocacy Center names Perry to lead outreach

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana has hired Shannon Perry, Aurora, to lead communications and outreach efforts.
 CAC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides a neutral, child-friendly facility for the investigation and healing of alleged child abuse, sexual assault, neglect, and witness-to-crime victims.  
Perry’s responsibilities include expanding CAC’s reach into disciplines, improving coverage and access, increasing fundraising, and prevention programming.
“I’m really excited for the prevention aspect of this new challenge,” said Perry.
“The community awareness we can provide to families and children is critical to reducing the rates of child abuse and neglect in Southeastern Indiana.”
Perry, a 2005 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, is a former preschool owner-operator, preschool administrator for the Tri-State, and a teacher.
She also worked in the South Dearborn Community School Corporation.
“As far as I know, Shannon’s position is a first of its kind for any child advocacy center in Indiana,” said Stephanie Back, center executive director.
“The work she will be doing will accelerate our growth from being just a safe place for forensic interviews to so much more depth in the community.”
The CAC is expanding into Greensburg in the coming months, and its annual Mardi Gras fundraiser already reaches 600 attendees annually.
A new medical pilot with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital also is underway in Batesville.
“People have trusted me with their children for years in past jobs. Now I intend to work to earn the trust of everyone in our community for the sake of all of our children,” said Perry.
Perry’s position was filled after a month-long search earlier this year. Funding for her position is paid by private donations and public support.
Established in 2009, CAC helps more than 500 children and families annually across its existing Dillsboro and Madison locations.
Visit CACSoutheast.org to learn more and become a contributor.