What is a Child Advocacy Center?
Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child friendly locations in which allegations of abuse are responded to collaboratively by a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). These centers are community based and tailored to fit the needs of the community in which they are located.
MDTs include members of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical professionals, mental health providers, victim advocates and center staff. From the time of the initial report through the resolution of the case, the MDT will work together to conduct a thorough investigation, prosecute offenders and provide the necessary support services to child victims and their non-offending family members.
Why do things this way?
CACs are based upon a national model designed to reduce the trauma experienced by child victims.