Cherokee Child Advocacy Council

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

AND

CHEROKEE CHILD ADVOCACY COUNCIL, INC.

This agreement entered into on this 19th day of June, 2014 by and between

The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board”

And

Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, Inc., hereinafter referred to as “Council.”

WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use information, make responsible decisions, utilize technology effectively and adapt to the challenges of the future; and,

WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase parental and community involvement through public engagement policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public entities as true partners in the educational process; and,

WHEREAS, the Council’s child advocacy program at the Anna Crawford Children’s Center assists child victims of abuse in recovering from the trauma that they have experienced, including physical, sexual and psychological abuse. This assistance is provided in a variety of ways by specially trained clinicians in the area of child abuse. All forms of evaluation and treatment are provided in a child-friendly atmosphere to help relieve any anxiety that the child may be having; and,

WHEREAS, the Council’s Parents HELP program works with parents to teach appropriate parenting skills through mentoring programs, resource/referral services, parenting groups and education opportunities. Parents HELP provides in-home mentoring and parenting programs for individuals who do not have transportation. A newborn parenting class is offered for new parents and teen parents who want to gain knowledge and skills on infant care. Parents HELP offers Darkness to Light group classes to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

Now, therefore in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth herein the parties agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated herein by reference:

ARTICLE II

The School Board will:

1. Work in conjunction with Council’s representative in order to allow for program presentations at a Fall Principals’ Meeting.

2. Provide the opportunity for Council personnel to address School System counselors, social workers and teachers to explain their role in the partnership.

3. Promote Council programs through existing communication channels, as permitted by School Board Policy.

4. In conjunction with Council representatives, pursue grant opportunities that will benefit both parties’ interests.

ARTICLE III

The Council will:

1. In conjunction with the Office of School Operations and Student Services, provide the following services when referred by appropriate agencies (District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement officials, Department of Family and Children Services, etc.):

A. Counseling and therapy in a child-friendly environment at no cost to families.
B. Support groups provided for non-offending family members.
C. Education and training relative to the needs of the community.
D. Parents HELP classes for parents who could benefit from parent education.
E. Darkness to Light group classes for adults to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse and to educate about the steps to take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

2. Be responsible for any claims, judgments or demands occasioned by the acts of their employees, agents or actors.

3. Meet with School System principals and counselors to explain their role in the partnership.

4. Provide Crisis Intervention Support to students/School System personnel, as requested.

5. Provide information relative to Council programs to the School District, as requested.

6. Provide continued representation on Safe and Drug Free Schools Community Advisory Committee, if requested by the School District and if Council staff is available.

7. Provide continued counseling assistance to schools as requested.

8. In conjunction with the Office of Grants Management, pursue grant opportunities that will benefit both parties’ interests.

9. Provide Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Reporting training/information, as requested by the School District.

10. Accept all children/interested participants for participation within its programs without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or handicapping condition or any other discrimination recognized and prohibited by State or Federal Law. Children/participants with handicaps must be provided all necessary levels of supervision and must be included within the activities of the partnering organization. As a result of this partnership agreement, the Council must adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education.

ARTICLE IV

The term of this contract is June 19, 2014 through June 19, 2015. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date

ARTICLE V

This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days written notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract shall be given to the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia 30114, and to the Executive Director, Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, 9870 Highway 92, Woodstock, Georgia 30188.