1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys
will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Only 1 in 10 will tell someone about their abuse.
How does your community respond when they do?
The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance has conducted an extensive feasibility study and needs assessment to guide the growth and development of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Michigan. We encourage all communities that are interested in developing a CAC and all existing CACs to review the development plan as it contains information on all counties in Michigan.
This development plan is designed to guide CAC growth in Michigan to ensure that CACs are sustainable and meet the needs of local communities. Should you have any questions after review of the plan, please feel free to contact us. Click on the Development Plan Image to the left to view the plan.
Does Your Community Need a CAC?
|A primary goal of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance and all Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) in Michigan is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them. CACs are child-focused, facility-based programs with representatives from many disciplines working together to effectively investigate, prosecute, and treat child abuse. CAC locations are not only child-focused, but designed to create a sense of safety and security for child victims.
A question to ask is “What happens to a child victim in our community once he or she discloses?” For more information about Children's Advocacy Centers and how the Chapter can help with CAC development, view the video to the right and review the remainder of this page. Please contact us if you would like additional information.
The following is a checklist that has been developed by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), which summarizes the tasks that need to be completed in establishing a Children’s Advocacy Center. While the activities are listed in approximate order, some will need to take place concurrently and there will be variations in each community.
If your community is interested in the development of a Children’s Advocacy Center,
please contact us at 616-228-4546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.