What We Do
The Children's Advocacy Center offers...
- Help by providing a warm, non-threatening place for children to tell their story to a specially trained Forensic Interviewer.
- Hope through intervention by a team of professionals specially trained to investigate and prosecute allegations of child sexual abuse.
- Healing through trauma focused counseling that helps the child victim develop coping skills and improve his/her self-image.
CAC Statistics for 2015
- 267 Forensic interviews were completed
- 1,013 cases of alleged child abuse were reviewed by the Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT)
- 753 mental health-counseling sessions
- 422 Children and non-offending caregivers were provided information and support.
- 3,936 children received prevention education
- 1,955 adults received Adult Prevention Training.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County (CAC) is dedicated to serving children who are alleged victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse through prevention, education, and intervention.
We help our clients heal by offering the following services to our clients. All services are completely free of charge:
- Forensic Interviews
- Family Advocacy
- Victim Services
- Forensic Interviews:
- Child Forensic Interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a neutral, fact-finding nature and coordinated to avoid multiple interviews. The interview is conducted in an environment in which the child feels safe telling the facts of any incident which may have occurred. Interviews are conducted by trained CAC staff and are generally observed by a detective and a Child Protective Services worker. This service provides thorough incident disclosure by the child in one to two interviews, thereby eliminating the need for the child to undergo multiple interviews. Our Forensic Interviewer also serves as an “expert witness” in court proceedings.
- CAC Therapists are licensed mental health service providers who have very specialized training in working with child abuse victims. They provide direct assessment, individual and group counseling, and support services. Clinicians are specially trained to deal with the intricate problems relating to child victimization. Children who are referred for counseling may continue in counseling as long as necessary.
- Family Advocacy:
- The CAC Family Advocate assists the non-offending parent or caretaker with services needed to maintain a safe and stable environment for their child. In addition, the Family Advocate provides emotional support to the caregiver as well as parenting information helpful to caregivers in meeting the needs of an abused child.
- Victim Services Coordinator:
- The Victim Services Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Child Protective Investigative Team meetings, tracking case data, providing court liaison services, and court education/support to child victims. The Victim Services Coordinator also assists caregivers in filing for Victim’s Compensation funds for the child victim.
- Education Coordinator
- The Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Adult Prevention trainings as well as the Children’s Education program. The Education Coordinator presents training sessions at the CAC and Health Department, as well as in school/church trainings, and in school presentations for the Children’s Education portion.