Meet the new program director at Center for Child Justice

Richard Servello, M.P.S. (he/him) recently became the new program director at the Center for Child Justice, the Children’s Advocacy Center serving child victims of abuse in Blair County. Richard isn’t new to the CAC or to the work of helping children heal from trauma. We asked Richard a few questions to learn more about his background and welcome him to our team of CAC leaders across the state.

Your job title is new, but you’ve been at the CAC for a while, right?

Yes, I became involved with the Children’s Advocacy Center and Blair County Multidisciplinary Investigative Team four years ago as a Counselor Advocate. In that role, I supported children and families moving through the child abuse investigation process. Later, I became the Victim Services Program Coordinator. Then, I became trained in the National Children’s Advocacy Center forensic interviewing protocol and took a part-time position as a forensic interview.

In your new role as program director, what are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to being part of an accredited CAC team, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the previous director and our current forensic interviewer. I am excited about building and strengthening more community partnerships through education and outreach, focusing on the importance of having a Children’s Advocacy Center in our community. We are also looking forward to April for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

What do you love about your town?

I love that my family is here or, at least, close by. Altoona is a small town with your typical chain stores and restaurants, but it’s always been home to me!

Any fun facts about yourself?

I have played the drums since I was four years – so about 28 years. I am married to a passionate advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, as well as for the LGBTQ+ community. Lastly, I am a huge hockey fan! Go Pens!

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