Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Partnership Named a Mutual of America 2013 Community Partnership Award Winner

California-based Nonprofit Organization Helps Ensure the Safety of Child Abuse Victims.

Nov 21, 2013, 11:27 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Partnership was named a Merit Finalist in the 2013 Community Partnership Award competition.

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Established in 1997 by CALICO (Child Abuse Listening, Interviewing and Coordination Center) the Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Partnership achieves justice and healing for abused toddlers, children and adolescents as well as adults living with developmental disabilities in California's Alameda County.

CALICO brings together 30 law enforcement, prosecution, health and child welfare agencies to provide a continuum of support that begins the moment an allegation of abuse is reported. The program includes forensic interviewing, family support services, multi-disciplinary collaboration, training for professionals and community engagement.

"CALICO's success stems from our ability to bring multiple agencies together to share information and decide the best approach to ensure the safety of these youngest victims," said Victoria Gwiasda, Executive Director of CALICO. "Through our unique collaborative approach, abused children no longer have to repeat embarrassing details to multiple strangers, families are quickly and effectively connected to services, and safety needs are addressed."

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 180 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit

"All of the 2013 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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