Child Advocacy Centers

About Child Advocacy Centers (CACs)

Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-friendly facilities in which a multidisciplinary team of professionals come together to better serve abused and neglected children and their families. These centers are community-based and tailored to fit the needs of the community in which they are located.

At a CAC, representatives from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, family/victim advocacy, and center staff work collaboratively to investigate cases, prosecute offenders, and provide treatment and support. The team works together to manage a case and provide a coordinated and compassionate response to assist children and families victimized by abuse.

 

Focusing first on the needs of children and their families, CACs ensure that many important services including forensic interview, medical evaluations, victim advocacy and support, and evidence-based mental health treatments are provided.

The CAC model supports a community-based collaborative response guided by research utilizing best practice techniques proven to be effective.