Did you know…
- Nearly 700,000 children are abused each year in the United States.
- In 2015, more than 1,500 children died as a result of child abuse and neglect.
What is a Child Advocacy Center?
A Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, neutral and child friendly location for a child to tell their story when there are concerns for abuse. CACs utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to optimize child abuse investigations. During a Forensic Interview, a specially trained team member asks questions of the child, one on one, in a non-leading, developmentally appropriate way in order to gain information for the investigation. Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement are present during the CAC visit, decreasing the number of times a child must tell their story. Most importantly, during the visit, the child and their family receive support, crisis intervention and other cares to optimize their health and help begin healing.