BP, Miller Oil Donate $20,000 to Child Abuse Program

Funds will help support interviews, therapy

Stephanie Calliott (left) and Jane Hollingsworth, CHKD;
Heidi Huff, BP; Lindsay Pryor and Jeff Miller, Miller Oil.

HAMPTONROADS, Va. -- BP Oil presented a $20,000 check to support Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters' child abuse program thanks to encouragement from Miller Oil, a longtime child abuse program supporter.

CHKD's child abuse program coordinates the efforts of all professionals involved in an abuse or neglect case, including representatives from Child Protective Service, the Commonwealth's Attorney's office, detectives from local police departments and medical and mental health professionals.

Its specially trained professionals conduct more than 650 forensic interviews each year that seek to establish whether abuse has occurred and provide expert testimony in more than 100 child abuse cases annually.

In addition, psychologists with CHKD's child abuse program provide intensive therapy to victims of child abuse, as well as siblings. Because few of these services are reimbursed, the program depends on philanthropy.

"We cannot express how grateful we are to donors such as BP and Miller Oil whose generosity has helped us improve the lives of children in desperate need of help," said Stephanie Adler Calliott, CHKD's senior vice president of community relations.

Norfolk, Va.-based Miller Oil Co. Inc. operates 32 Miller's Neighborhood Market stores and delivers fuel to another 101 dealer locations