Child Advocacy Centers offer best practices in the serving of abused children through a comprehensive approach to services for victims and their families. The goal is to ensure that children are not re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them.
1,342 MEDICAL EXAMS PROVIDED IN 2021
Medical exams are provided by staff specially trained in child abuse pediatrics and trauma-informed care. Exams ensure the health of the child, provide diagnosis and any needed treatment, and offer important reassurance to children and their caregivers.
4,488 FORENSIC INTERVIEWS PERFORMED IN 2021
A forensic interview provides children a safe place to disclose what happened to them or what they witnessed. Nationally trained experts interview children using developmentally appropriate techniques. Forensic interviews capture evidence for investigating agencies in a way that minimizes trauma and ensures accuracy.
10,703 CASES REVIEWED IN 2021
A multidisciplinary team consisting of law enforcement, child protective services, medical professionals, prosecution, school personnel, CAC staff and other key partners meets regularly to review cases, discuss general issues and share information to ensure coordination and help connect families and children to needed services.
30,445 ADVOCACY CONTACTS MADE IN 2021
Family advocates support children and families through the investigation and legal process. Advocates answer questions, provide resources for follow up medical care and counseling and offer guidance about what will happen next.
3,093 REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN 2021
Specialized, evidenced-based, trauma-focused mental health services are offered to the child and family to assist them with the healing process.