The services of the Children’s Advocacy Center are offered to the affected families at no charge.
All services are funded exclusively through grants, corporate contributions and the generosity of our community members.
CAC31 is a safe and welcoming place for the child to be heard, tell his/her story to one person while others collectively formulate a plan of action to insure the continued safety of this child. Forensic interviews are conducted by a well-trained professional; 24-hours a day, 7-days a week as the need arises. All forensic interview referrals are generated through the Child Abuse Hotline, the Department of Children Services, area law enforcement, or the office of the District Attorney General.
Child-victims and their non-offending caregivers receive many needed services such as emotional support, abuse education, crisis intervention, court advocacy, and community resources. The Advocate serves as a liaison to assist with the understanding between Social Services, Criminal Justice System and mental & medical health care professionals; giving a voice to those who may not otherwise be heard. Trained personnel are readily available to work with families that may be traumatized by sexual child abuse.
Child Protective Investigative Team Case Review
This interagency collaboration reduces case confusion between the agencies, minimization of duplication of services, offers improved accountability and data management with better outcomes. Case Review Meetings are conducted once a month to collaboratively examine every allegation of severe child abuse reported during that period.
You Can Talk to Me program specializes in the mental health treatment of child traumatic stress. Children’s Advocacy Center and The Ross Center have partnered to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children and adolescents between the ages of 3 to 17 who have been sexually abused, physically abused, drug endangered, or witnessed a violent crime. The issue of child abuse can often be overwhelming to everyone involved. Our counselors will consult with the non-offending caregivers on the child’s treatment progress and help them create a plan for the betterment of their child and the entire family.
“Prevention is a smart investment in our community and in our children’s future; it is relatively inexpensive, readily available and works in real time.”
• Stewards of Children is a national protection program designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and positively change child protective behaviors. This program was created as proper training for staff and volunteers of schools, churches, and youth based organizations and assistance with implementation of comprehensive child protection policies.
• One with Courage is a community awareness program asking all adults to have the courage to recognize the signs of child abuse and report suspected abuse in order to give children the courage to speak up for themselves.
• Prevent Now! is a community-based initiative with one specific purpose; to educate our adults about the problem of child sexual abuse, its human and economic impact and how this community intends to stop this from happening? This program doesn’t take tons of money or years to research, it just takes some time and a dedicated group of concerned individuals to be proactive in raising community knowledge of the effects of child abuse.
• How to Help is a training program in which educators, medical, and community based professionals are taught the dynamics of child abuse, how to handle a disclosure, to gather pertinent information and make a report to help insure the safety of a child.
Education is a key to overcoming any obstacle. It is our intent to arm all children with self-protective information, so they can continue to grow and flourish into healthy adults. Our relationships with Boyd Christian, Covenant Academy, Van Buren and Warren County Schools allow us to spend quality time with all school age children educating them on their basic right to safety.
• “My Body Belongs to Me” is designed with Pre-K and early elementary age children. It helps children understand the difference in good and bad touches, private body parts, what to do if someone touches in a way that makes them uncomfortable. The presenter will work through the educational activity book with the children and encouraged to take home to share with their families.
• “It’s OK to Tell” is designed for the 5th Grade age level. It teaches children to recognize, resist, and report child abuse. The children will be given an educational activity book to take home to share with their families.
• No Excuse to Abuse is a 30-minute assembly program designed to educate all school-age children on their basic right to safety. This program incorporates music, puppetry and storytelling into an informative address on abuse, bullying, and respect.