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Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Mercy Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center. All gifts provide healing and support for victims of child abuse as well as child abuse prevention programs in central Arkansas.

Who We Are

Our Center

Cooper‐Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center (CAMCAC) was founded in Hot Springs, Arkansas by Mercy in 2003. The Center is a Mercy outreach ministry and serves its surrounding communities with satellite centers in Saline and Polk counties.

CAMCAC offers a safe, child-friendly environment, where a comprehensive and coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child abuse for children ages birth to 18 years. The Center is one of 17 advocacy centers in the state of Arkansas and has the unique distinction of being the only hospital-based child advocacy center in the state. The CAMCAC serves more than 700 clients annually in a six county geographic area and has offices located in both Hot Springs, Benton and Mena. In 2012, CAMCAC was awarded the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance, which is the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers.

CAMCAC is a nonprofit organization and does not charge patients for utilizing any of the Center’s numerous services, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. Donations to CAMCAC help the center meet the needs of these vulnerable children. When you donate to CAMCAC, you help us continue our goal of empowering children to find their voice, heal from previous abuse and prevent further abuse.

Our Focus

Catherine McAuley, Mercy’s founder, had a particular concern for the poor. Even more specifically, she worked to assist women and children in need.

CAMCAC does not charge patients for utilizing any of the center’s numerous services. The advocacy center is an outreach ministry provided by Mercy, and relies on grants and the philanthropic support of community members and friends like you to provide care and services for the children and their families.

All services are individualized to meet the personal needs of each child and family that comes through our doors. These services include:

  • Forensic Interviews
  • Forensic Medical Exams
  • Child Advocacy
  • Mental Health Services
  • Prevention Services
  • Training Programs

Your support helps CAMCAC continue to meet the needs of these vulnerable children.

Healing and Hope

Families share their experience.

Child Advocates at CAMCAC empower children that experience trauma of abuse.

Miracle on McAuley Court

Children are our future. Each year a number local children in need may not receive Christmas gifts due to financial hardship. At Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, we believe each child is a treasure, and we hope that we can count on your partnership to bring them hope and joy this holiday season.

In sponsoring a child or making a philanthropic contribution of any amount, you can help provide Christmas gifts for children in need throughout our community. 

March 3, 2023

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Need To Know

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Upcoming Events

Please keep an eye out for details about the 2023 Night at the Britz event, an elegant night of games and entertainment to raise funds for Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.

Annual Reports

Thank you for your generous support and partnership as we continue to carry out Mercy’s mission in the communities we serve.

FY2022 Annual Report

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center Staff and Board of Directors

CAMCAC Administrative Staff

Clark Ellison

Vice President of Development, South Central Communities and Ministries

Tracey Childress

Executive Director

Holly Heer

Development Coordinator


Gaby Altamirano


Breta Bean, RN

LaDonna Canada

Administrative Support Coordinator

Brandi Cannon

Lead Forensic Interviewer

Whitney Freeman

Child Advocate

Shannon Gachot-Ridgley

Contract Mental Health Counselor

serene garcia

Child Advocate

Vickie Hutchison, RN

Taylor May

Supervisor Prevention/
Community Education

Sydney Morgan

Forensic Interviewer

Sadie Powers

Forensic Interviewer

Morgan Sprinkles

Forensic Interviewer

Jennifer Stevens

Mental Health Therapist

Susan Stewart

Mental Health Therapist

Jen Williams

Child Educator/Child Advocate

Tiffany Wyatt

Admin Support Specialist

Rhiannon Zerbe, RN

Board of Directors

Dr. Samantha Christian, PHD


Cheryl Cooper-Palmese

Teresa Lambert, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN

Tanya Lanier

Patrick McCruden, DBE, MTS, HEC-C

Ashley Priest

Dr. Charles Reeves, MD

Lamar Trieschmann

Congressman Bruce Westerman

Phillip Wheeler

Ex Officio Officers

Tracey Childress

Executive Director

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Cooper-Anthony Mercy
Child Advocacy Center

216 McAuley Ct
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Mercy Health Foundation