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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.

See what Mercy Health Foundation Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center has accomplished, thanks to donors like you:


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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.

Striving to continue the legacy of Catherine McAuley, Women with a Mission giving society combines resources, vision and passion for helping others to support and improve health care in our communities.

Healing and Hope

Families share their experience.

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

Need To Know

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

Upcoming Events

Please keep an eye out for details about the 2023 Night at the Belleview 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, Development/Mercy Ministries

Tracey Childress

Executive Director

Holly Heer

Development Coordinator


Breta Bean, RN

Brandi Cannon

Lead Forensic Interviewer

Julie Jenkins-Felgate


Whitney Freeman

Child Advocate

Shannon Gachot-Ridgley

Contract Mental Health Counselor

Amy Harkness, RN

Sandy Lively


Taylor May

Supervisor Prevention/
Community Education

Elisha Morrison

Admin Support Specialist

Sydney Morgan

Forensic Interviewer

Sandra Novakovic

Administrative Assistant III

Sadie Powers

Forensic Interviewer

Jennifer Stevens

Mental Health Therapist

Susan Stewart

Mental Health Therapist

Jen Williams

Child Educator/Child Advocate

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

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