Pinal County Family Advocacy Center now fully accredited

pcfacThe National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Board of Directors voted to fully accredit the Pinal County Attorney’s Office Family Advocacy Center (PCAO-FAC) in Eloy, AZ.

By becoming only the sixth Accredited Member in Arizona, NCA confirmed that the PCAO-FAC in Eloy now offers best-practice services to victims in Pinal County, while also successfully investigating crimes of abuse and neglect.

There are four levels of accreditation recognized by NCA – Accredited, Developing/Associate, Chapter Organization, and Affiliate. Prior to Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles taking office, the Eloy center served as an Associate Member of NCA and had never been fully accredited.

Immediately after Pinal County Attorney Voyles took office, he and his staff began formulating protocols and undertaking the lengthy accreditation process. This process was threatened to be derailed when on Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014, storms rolled into Pinal County resulting in significant damage to the Center in Eloy.

With only six weeks until NCA performed their evaluation, the damages took over five weeks to repair – leaving only one-day to move staff and equipment back into the facility. With heroic efforts made by staff and county facilities, services were returned and the site review occurred without issue.

“The long hours, paid-off,” Voyles said, when NCA returned with the highest-level of accreditation of zero recommendations.

Recognizing the significant size of Pinal County, the review specialists specifically noted that the new PCAO-FAC, slated to open in San Tan Valley in December, will help alleviate vast distances and drive times for the team and victims. PCAO is teaming-up with the Arizona Public Safety Foundation to open the San Tan Valley Center.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “The news of accreditation brings considerable pride, knowing we now provide the highest level of care to victims of abuse and ensure they receive the compassion and

competence required to assist in their recovery.” Mr. Voyles continued by thanking all involved with assisting in the aftermath of the storms by saying, “I appreciate all of the help from those who provided the resources we required to maintain current investigative services and care, while others worked, tirelessly to restore operation in Eloy as quickly as possible. Specifically, I thank Sheriff Paul Babeu and Chief Johnny Cervantes from Casa Grande for opening their doors to our interviewers and staff. Additionally, I offer a special thanks to Dwight Fujimoto, Chief of Staff, and Dr. Tascha Spears, Director of the Family Advocacy Centers; both PCAO employees.”