Advocates for Children Names Amanda Tant as Director of CAC
A familiar face is taking the helm of Advocates for Children’s A Better Way Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Amanda Tant, who previously worked for the CAC as a forensic interviewer has stepped into the role of director, leading the efforts of the center and its efforts to lessen the trauma associated with reporting child abuse.
“I have a desire to help victims of child abuse and to work to prevent child abuse,” said Tant, who began working at Advocates for Children in 2011. “The work that Advocates for Children has done for so many years in this community is inspiring to me. It is also important to me to work and give back in the community in which I live and have my family.”
Originally from Bowdon, Ga, Tant is a graduate of Shorter College and previously worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice. In addition to her degree in sociology, she has trained as a forensic interviewer through Child First Georgia and the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Her training also includes multi-session forensic interview training through Cornerhouse CAC and Advanced Child First training. She is also a trained Nurturing Parenting Facilitator.
The CAC is child-friendly, safe and neutral location in which law enforcement, medical professionals and Child Protective Services investigators observe as forensic interviewers talk with children who are alleged victims of crimes. It is also where the child and non-offending family members receive support, crisis intervention and referrals for mental health and medical treatment. The main objective is to reduce trauma to child victims by bringing all disciplines together and sharing information more efficiently to minimize duplication.
“One of the best things about the CAC is that we can be a safe place for children in some of their most traumatic times,” explained Tant. “We offer children a voice to speak about what has happened to them.”