What is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC)?



A Child Advocacy Center or CAC is a child and adolescent-friendly space where youth and their caregivers come to receive services and support through child abuse investigations. CACs were created to address the needs of child abuse victims using a centralized place where community resources come together. These community resources can include:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Child Protective Services
  • Victim Services Advocates
  • Forensic Interviewers
  • Forensic Medical Examiners
  • Prosecutors

Together, these community resources are known as a Multidisciplinary Team or MDT. Each family is provided services by a unique MDT of collaborators whose goal is to minimize both the short and long-term effects of trauma from child abuse. Evidence is collected using developmentally appropriate, legally-sound and research-informed practices that facilitate better outcomes when cases reach prosecution. 


Click on the image below to watch a short video clip explaining what happens when a child visits a CAC:
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