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|Knox County Child Advocacy Center Director Retiring
|The only director the Knox County Child Advocacy Center has ever known is calling it a career.
A retirement party was held Wednesday for Sharon Kampmeier, who's headed up the CAC since it opened in December of 2002 on Olive Street in Galesburg. The center moved to its current Lake Street location in 2006.
Kampmeier tells WGIL she's proud of what's been accomplished at the agency.
"Just the fact that we were able to get it set up so quickly. Some child advocacy centers, it took them months---even a year---and we had it all set up within a matter of weeks after I was hired. We've had wonderful community support over the years."
Before taking over the local Child Advocacy Center, Kampmeier had retired from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She says she will remain on the friends of the CAC board, help with the transition to a new director, spend more time with family and friends, and stay as active as she can after formally retiring Friday. The CAC advisory board will pick Kampmeier's successor.
The Child Advocacy Center receives the majority of its funding from the state, while it's also been the beneficiary of shows at the Orpheum Theatre and other contributions.
Kampmeier says the center primarily handles cases involving alleged sexual abuse of a child. She says the organization also deals with severe physical abuse cases as well, and the numbers locally are down. Kampmeier attributes that to more community awareness.
The Child Advocacy Center serves children in Knox, Warren and Henderson counties.
|10 29 08 by Newsroom
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