Children's Advocacy Center
The Safe Passage Children’s Advocacy Center (referred to as the “CAC”) is where the needs of your child always come first. At the CAC you’ll find a child-friendly, comfortable and warm setting for your child to be able to talk about what happened and receive a wide range of victim services for your child and your family. These community-based centers and their staff serve as first responders in allegations of all types of child abuse. They provide hope and healing to neglected and abused children and their families through treatment, advocacy, and investigation services.
We at the CAC believe the child abuse response should focus on the needs of the child and is most effective when the skills of multiple agencies are coordinated. Without a child advocacy center, child victims often have to relive their abuse, detailing their experience multiple times to one official after another, typically at a police station. The CAC response works to reduce the impact of child abuse by bringing together law enforcement, child protection, forensic interviewers, prosecution, mental health, medical, and family advocacy professionals in a child-friendly setting to investigate abuse, hold offenders accountable, and, most importantly, help children heal from the trauma of abuse. The multidisciplinary approach helps improve communication and data collection, which in turn optimizes outcomes and reduces trauma.
Referrals to the CAC can only come from law enforcement or child protection services.
Although, parents, community members and professionals can call the CAC for support and referrals if their child has been abused or if abuse is suspected.