Alaska CARES, the state’s largest children’s advocacy center, is getting a $3 million donation from the Southcentral Foundation for operations and to build a new treatment facility, according to a news release Wednesday. 

Alaska CARES, part of Providence Hospital in Anchorage, is an outpatient clinic that serves Alaskans from newborns to age 18 who have experienced physical and sexual abuse. Part of its treatment includes bringing together victim advocates, law enforcement, child protection, tribal health, forensic medicine and mental health professionals under one roof. Alaska CARES treats 1,000 children every year.

The Southcentral Foundation is a nonprofit healthcare organization that manages more than 80 health care programs for Alaska Natives in the Anchorage area.

April Kyle, vice president of Behavior Services at the Southcentral Foundation, says the group has worked with Alaska CARES for a decade.

“Southcentral Foundation is honored to be part of a collaborative partnership that is serving the needs of families,” she said.

Suzanne Rudolph is the president of Providence Alaska Foundation and grateful for the partnership too, “This is a monumental moment for Alaska’s children and families as they begin their healing journey after experiencing the trauma of abuse.”

The new treatment facility is set to open in April 2019.

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