Child Advocacy Centers: National Model

Children's Advocacy Centers are community-based facilities providing a winning solution to caring for victims of severe child abuse.

What makes the Children's Advocacy Center model so effective is a unique multi-disciplinary community response to severe child abuse by enabling law enforcement, prosecutors, child protective services, and the medical and mental health professions to work together as a collaborative team to investigate and prosecute cases of child sexual abuse. As a result, CAC programs work to minimize trauma, break the cycle of abuse and provide communities with an added bonus: increased prosecution rates for perpetrators.

By recognizing the special needs of children, CAC programs work to minimize trauma, break the cycle of abuse and provide communities with an added bonus: increased prosecution rates for perpetrators.

Children's Advocacy Centers are community partnerships dedicated to a coordinated team approach by professionals pursuing the truth in child abuse investigations. By bring together professionals from law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, victim advocacy agencies and the medical and mental health communities, CACs provide comprehensive services for child victims and their families.

Reprinted: National Children’s Alliance