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The mission of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan (CACMI) is to unify and strengthen Michigan's response to child victims of abuse through sustainable growth, collaboration, and empowerment of Children's Advocacy Centers. Our vision is that all of Michigan's children will have access to a CAC.

CACMI is the coordinating entity between all accredited, associate, and developing CACs across the state.  

Our Staff

Michael Christy
Executive Director


Maggie Devlin
Program Director


Our Board of Directors

Bethany Law, Chair
Northern Michigan Mobile CAC

Lori Antkoviak, Past Chair
Safe Harbor CAC of Allegan & Barry Counties

Cindy Morley, Vice Chair
CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region

Darcy Komejan, Treasurer
CAC of Ottawa County

Rebecca Yuncker, Secretary
Northern Michigan CAC

Alex Brace
Small Talk CAC, Lansing

Yvonne Cameron
CARE House of Oakland County

Heather Frayer
CAC of Lapeer County

Cathi Kelly
Washtenaw County CAC

Ellen Lynch
CAP Council of Shiawassee County

Melanie Richards
Kids-TALK CAC, Detroit/Southgate

Jamie Rossow
Berrien County CAC

Kellie Sefernick
CAC of Northeast Michigan

Heather Therrien
CAC of Gratiot County

Michelle Waskevich
Safe & Sound CAC, Midland

CACMI Member Benefits

Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) who are members of CACMI are joining forces with all CACs in Michigan to provide a strong voice for all children in Michigan.

As a member of CACMI, CACs receive:


Technical Assistance

  • Outcomes Measurement System (OMS) support
  • Individual onsite and regional grant writing support seminars
  • CAC Strategic Planning facilitation
  • Onsite and Web based technical assistance for matters relating to accreditation and beyond
  • Sample forms and documents for CAC development and accreditation
  • Accreditation and Reaccreditation application review
  • Practice CAC Accreditation Site Visits

Support & Empowerment

  • Free access to Collaborate, the statewide case tracking database
  • A voice in Lansing through CACMI legislative consultants
  • Use of Collaborate statewide database for case tracking and reporting
  • Access to the CACMI Mentoring Program
  • A voice at key stakeholder meetings on a State and National Level
  • Access to discussion forums on various topics
  • CACMI public awareness and legislative initiatives
  • Support through sub-grants, statewide projects, and a voice for State funding support
  • Chapter online registration and payment support for local CAC events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Listing of upcoming events important to CAC & MDT members
  • Weekly CACMI CAC Legislative updates
  • Free postings on CACMI's eNews and member resource pages
  • Information and assistance on state policy and legislative initiatives and outreach on a State level

Outcome Measurement System (OMS) Reports

CACMI and all Michigan CACs are committed to collecting and evaluating outcomes to ensure that CACs are not just meeting minimum standards, but are always improving to meet best practices in all areas. CACMI's Annual Outcome Measurement System report provides a comprehensive analysis of the outcome data provided by all of Michigans Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) during the year. To understand the importance of this report, it is important to remember the difference between outputs and outcomes. Outputs can be important information and can tell the story of "what we do" and "who we reach".  An example of outputs would be the number of forensic interviews a CAC does in a year our the number of referrals for mental health services a CAC makes. While these characteristics of cases and clients are important, they do not tell us how well we are doing. That is where outcomes come into play.

Outcomes help us to answer the question, "how well are we doing what we do?" They tell us about short-term and long-term results. They provide us with a measure of the impact a CAC is having on the community and society. While both outputs and outcomes are important for program evaluation, outcomes are especially important for CACs. Public service agencies, like CACs, are interested in mission-based objectives, which are sometimes less than concrete. Outcome measurement makes those objectives more tangible and helps to demonstrate the value of the CAC and its programs. Outcomes can give clearer evidence of the impact of the CAC and improve accountability to funders, Boards and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members. In other words, outcome measurement goes beyond the typical outputs a CAC measures (# of clients served, etc.) to show the impact of services. You may view the latest OMS report, as well as past years, by clicking on the links below.

Official OMS reports were not issued for 2014-2015 as the system was transitioning to a national online format. Data is available but was not formatted into an official report. For our statewide partners and stakeholders in the CAC movement, it is important to note that all CACMI member CACs participate in the OMS program. 

Annual Reports

CACMI's Annual Reports document the Chapter's growth and achievements during the year the report was issued for. 

You can view the current complete Annual Report, as well as reports form prior years, by clicking on the links below.

Children's Advocacy Centers make a difference in the lives of children in Michigan throughout each year. CACMI provides support to all CACs in Michigan every year. CACMI provides training, technical assistance, and development services to each of the 38 CACs in Michigan to help them better serve the needs of child victims and families in their communities. 

Many communities in Michigan have embraced the CAC model, because they see that the model is efficient and effective in serving children and families. CACMI's CAC membership has grown by over 150% since 2011. 

At the end of 2016, there were 41  member CACs serving 57 counties in Michigan. Accredited CACs in Michigan provided services to 10,294 children during 2016. There were 156,298 children and families who were provided with abuse prevention services during 2015. 

CACMI and our partners continue to work to provide CAC services in the currently unserved counties in Michigan. We believe that all children, regardless of their location and circumstances, should have access to reliable, effective and professional child advocacy services. 

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