Team’s Quick Thinking Leads to Positive Results
A large part of CALICO’s success in aiding abused children stems from multiple agencies working together to share information and decide the best approach for investigations. That effective collaboration helped 10-year-old Bailey and her family reach a positive resolution in the face of a horrible crime.
Bailey confided in her teacher that an older cousin who stayed with her family had been kissing and touching her when they were alone. The teacher reported the abuse to the school resource officer, who contacted children and family services. The child welfare worker and school resource officer determined that they should coordinate with a detective and set up an interview at CALICO as quickly as possible, since the suspect lived in Bailey’s home. The child welfare worker provided transportation for the family to CALICO, and the detective met them there. At CALICO, the family resource specialist comforted Bailey’s parents, who were appalled that a family member had harmed their little girl. At the same time, a child interview specialist met with Bailey and helped her share the details of her abuse, and the detective, child welfare worker and district attorney liaison watched the interview from the observation room.
After the interview, the detective arrested Bailey’s cousin. Using information Bailey provided in her interview, the detective was able to ask the suspect pointed questions, which led to a confession and eventually a jail term. The detective later remarked that the joint decision of the school resource officer and child welfare worker to bring Bailey to CALICO immediately after her disclosure was key to the investigation.
As for Bailey and her parents, CALICO’s family resource specialist provided them with referrals for counseling and other services. She also connected them with a victim advocate from the district attorney’s office, who helped them through the court process. Thanks to the strong teamwork, Bailey is now safe from further harm, and she and her parents have the support to move forward.
Recent Success Stories
2017 marks 20 years since CALICO first opened its doors. In this time, CALICO has helped more than 11,500 children achieve justice and healing. To understand how important this anniversary is, it is vital to look back at what child abuse cases were like 20 years ago.
On Sunday, April 2nd Oakland will hosted thousands of runners for the Oakland Running Festival. In this crowd of thousands is a group of people who come with the goal to to help children. These are the Team CALICO runners. A group of people (or heroes) who have volunteered to use their runs to help achieve justice and healing for abused children and their families.
When Ally, a junior at a local high school, reached out to CALICO to donate stuffed animals we were grateful. However, when we learned what had inspired her generosity we were deeply moved.
Click to discover what motivated Ally to give to CALICO.
At CALICO's 12th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit: Picnic in the Park a young woman, named Emely, took the stage and spoke about her experience as a child abuse survivor. Emely's brave words moved many to tears and inspired everyone there.
Click below to read about Emely and her incredible journey.
CALICO is dedicated to ensuring we can provide prompt, quality services to all families who are referred to us, regardless of the circumstances, as was the case with 8-year-old Linda who recently came to CALICO in the middle of the night.