About The CAC
The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Sullivan County is a non-profit organization that was built by our community to serve child victims of maltreatment. Our community recognized the need to enhance the system's ability to respond to allegations of abuse while at the same time, making sure young victims receive the help they need to reduce the effects of trauma created by abuse.
The Children's Advocacy Center of Sullivan County was the first center of its type to open in Tennessee. We serve as a hub for investigations of child abuse and provide a child friendly environment for the children involved. We offer trauma focused therapy for children, support for their non-offending caregivers, and increased public awareness through prevention programs and community education.
Funding is provided through grants, local government, and generous donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. All services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers are provided at no cost. All donations to the Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible due to our 501(c)(3) status.
Child abuse is a major problem and a major concern in our community and has been for decades. We know the problem exists, but what happens when a child discloses sexual abuse?
Before the CAC
Click to enlargeTraditionally, each agency or professional responding to child abuse had a different role in the investigation and intervention process. Sometimes, their efforts to fulfill these roles resulted in multiple interviews of the victim and in re-traumatizing the victim they are seeking to assist. There was no mechanism for coordinating these services.
After the CAC
Click to enlargeThe CAC is a safe, welcoming, and child friendly place where all of the professionals involved in the abuse system come to the child, not the other way around. This prevents the potential re-victimization of the child by requiring the child to travel to many different locations to be interviewed and served by many different adult “strangers.” The professionals involved are specialists in what they do, and they work together as a team, coordinated by the CAC staff, to keep the process simple and effective.