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BIRMINGHAM - Children’s of Alabama received a $25,000 donation from the Alabama State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to benefit Children's Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS Center).
The CHIPS Center has been an outpatient center at Children’s since 1995 and provides forensic medical evaluations, psychosocial assessments, play therapy, counseling for non-offending caregivers and other support services. All counseling and preventive services are free.
“We are so thankful for the partnership and generosity of the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Deb Schneider, executive director of the CHIPS Center at Children’s of Alabama. “This funding helps with medical and counseling costs at CHIPS. We, along with the children and families we serve, are so appreciated of the support.”
It is estimated that 1 in 10 kids will experience some form of child abuse before they reach the age of 18, and most children are abused by someone they know. The CHIPS Center serves as a place where children who have experienced suspected abuse, and their families impacted by suspected abuse, can come for support, hope and healing.
"The Alabama State FOP is proud to support the CHIPS program and Children's Hospital of Alabama,” said Everette Johnson, president, Alabama State FOP. “Through the efforts of our membership we have made financial donations that aided CHIPS to provide services to children in the communities where our membership lives and works. We want to protect members of our communities, especially the children who have faced abuse and other obstacles in their lives. Our partnership with CHIPS ensures that these children are taken care of and we are grateful to have a part in that healing."
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.