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 Tom Knapp, Coordinator of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance at 616-228-4546.