What is a CAC?
- A CAC is a child-friendly, safe place where children are evaluated when an allegation has been made regarding that child suffering abuse, neglect, or having witnessed violence against others. This child-friendly environment reduces the trauma for children during the investigative process.
- CACs facilitate a unique multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach and offer comprehensive services to children and their families after the trauma of victimization. These MDT members include Law Enforcement, Child Forensic Interviewers, Child Protective Services, District Attorney’s Office, Healthcare, and Mental Health Professionals.
- Child advocacy center models vary (not-for-profit, government, and medical). Each center is community-based and defines its services and multi-disciplinary approaches through the development of a protocol which is created by community professionals.