Yesterday KMXT told you about the Child Advocacy
Center, a new building
that offers a collaborative space for various organizations involved in child
abuse cases. The center is located across from the Kodiak Area Native
Association office building on Rezanof
Drive and shares space with another program
designed to help children, the Cama’i Home Visiting Program.
Hickey is the program coordinator for the home visits and said the service
helps make sure Alaska Native children are on tract developmentally.
-- (Cama’i Program 1 :32 “The Cama’i Home Visiting Program … connect them to.”)
funding for the program comes through a federal grant, and the program got the
OK to begin work in November. Hickey said usage has been slow to start, as many
people are reluctant to have strangers visit their home. She said those who
have used the program have given positive feedback and more and more referrals
are starting to come in. The service extends to villages like Ouzinkie, Ahkiok,
Port Lions and Old
Harbor. She said home
visitors will actually fly out to the homes in those cases and conduct a visit
the same as they would in Kodiak. Right now, the program has a limited number
-- (Cama’i Program 2 :15 “Well
right now we only have ... that we are using.”)
said the program is funded through 2015, and KANA is currently working toward
acquiring sustainable funding sources to continue the service beyond that.