Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center is named in loving memory of Patricia "Pat" Wolfe, a tremendous child advocate for the Charlotte community who passed away on May 7, 2000. As a former juvenile court counselor, social worker, and case advocate, Pat was well-known for her passion in assisting children in need. She often used her own finances to help "her kids" buy food, clothing, access to daycare, and any other personal need. After more than 30 years of working with youth throughout Mecklenburg County, it was not uncommon for grown adults to call Pat or stop in to visit because they were so appreciative of the compassion she had shown for them as children.
Prior to her sudden passing, Pat was involved in the planning process for opening an advocacy center in Charlotte that would assist children specifically involved in sexual abuse. Today, that center is known as Pat's Place in honor of a woman who gave her all to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in our community.
The idea for Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center was incubated at the Council for Children (now Council for Children's Rights) to address an acute problem faced by child victims of abuse in Charlotte. All too often, children with the courage to talk about the abuse they had experienced were expected to undergo repeated questioning about the most traumatic event in their lives. Pat's Place was established to ensure that all the services a child and family needs (medical examinations, forensic interviewing, advocacy support) could occur in one location – a safe, nurturing, child-friendly environment, at no cost to a child's family.
Since opening with one staff member in 2005, Pat's Place has experienced significant program growth and now employs 15 professionals with wide ranging expertise. The incredible support and generosity of community stakeholders have helped Pat's Place achieve great things during its brief history: