Who we are!
The Child Advocacy Center works as a multidisciplinary team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office to respond to child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children cases. Department of Children’s Services protects children. Law enforcement investigates the crime and arrests perpetrators. The District Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecutes offenders. While, the Child Advocacy Center interviews victims and helps children and families heal from the trauma of the abuse. Over the last twenty years, the Child Protective Investigative Team has worked together to investigate 16,000 child abuse cases and assisted 24,000 individuals.
In 2012, the Child Advocacy Center set a goal to train 10,500 parents, grandparents, and professionals how to protect children from child sexual abuse and what to do if a child discloses abuse to them. We utilize the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training. We are excited to report to you that we have exceeded this goal and over 12,000 adults have been trained.
The Child Advocacy Center is not closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to respond to emergency cases with the Department of Children Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office.