Carol E. Jordan, M.S.
With an unwavering vision, an extraordinary talent for long-range planning, and an unmatched persistence, Carol E. Jordan has been instrumental in the development of Kentucky's 15 regional Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs), helping to ensure the safety of children throughout the Commonwealth. Several points illustrate her tenacity and dedication to this worthy goal. Through her role as Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, Ms. Jordan established a critical support system at the local, county, and state levels; she paved the way for local relationships among community partners through training initiatives involving the Cabinet for Families and Children, law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys, and the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services; she worked closely with the Department of Medicaid Services to develop a reimbursement system that recognizes child sexual abuse examinations as a legitimate health care need; she initiated a joint effort between the Governor's Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence, the Governor's Office of Technology, and the Kentucky Association of Children's Advocacy Centers, creating a statewide client data system that allows for the uniformity of client and case tracking information that is collected throughout the 15 CACs and connecting all 15 CACs to the Kentucky Information Highway; she spearheaded statewide training to enhance the forensic interviewing of children throughout Kentucky; and she provided mentoring and direct support for each region's CAC director through organizational, systemic, and developmental challenges, always pushing to set a higher standard of excellence. Ms. Jordan's efforts have enabled founding CAC directors to stay focused, "stick to the plan," and successfully achieve goals set for their communities. She has done all this with a respect for and commitment to the children of Kentucky.