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CAC Development

Does Your Community Need a CAC?

This is the question that drives CAC development.

A primary goal of CACs is to ensure that child victims of abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them. CACs are child-focused, community-based programs with representatives from many disciplines working together to effectively investigate, prosecute, and treat child abuse. CAC facilities are not only child-focused, but designed to create a sense of safety and security for child victims. You can learn more about the CAC model here.

For more information about Children's Advocacy Centers and how CACMI can help developing CACs, view the video to the right.


Statewide Development Plan

A feasibility study and needs assessment intended to guide the growth and development of Children's Advocacy Centers in Michigan

Published in January 2017, this statewide Development Plan is designed to guide CAC growth in Michigan to ensure that CACs are sustainable and meet the needs of local communities. We encourage all communities that are interested in developing a CAC, all existing CACs, all stakeholders, and anyone interested to review the Development Plan. Click on the Development Plan image above to view the document in full. 

The map to the left shows the counties where children are not currently receiving CAC services. These counties will either be served by a currently developing CAC or do not have developing teams in  place as of July 2017.

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If there is currently a team developing a CAC in your community, contact us. We would love to connect you with the developing CAC in your community so you can find out how to help. 

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If there is currently no development happening in your community, review our Development Plan and the CAC Development Checklist, then contact us. We want to help you make your CAC become a reality.

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If your county is already being served by a CAC, there are still ways you can get involved. Click here to visit our interactive map to learn more about the CAC serving your community.

CAC Development Checklist

The following checklist has been developed by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), and 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. You can download a version of this checklist here.

  • Convene a working committee or task force of key individuals
  • Select leadership
  • Conduct a needs assessment of the extent of the problem in the community
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Determine CAC service population
  • Gather information on various CAC models
  • Select the CAC approach that best suits the community
  • Develop Interagency agreement and obtain agency commitment
  • Determine organizational structure
  • Determine which services will be offered on-site or through referrals
  • Select site and design or acquire space for child-appropriate facility

  • Determine staffing needs and agency roles
  • Multidisciplinary team protocol development
  • Research potential sources of support
  • Plan and implement resource development
  • Development of governance Board or advisory structure
  • Develop policies and procedures for security and safe-guards
    (internal financial controls, liability insurance, conflict of interest policies, etc.)
  • Volunteer recruitment, screening and training development
  • Training for program staff and community
  • Consider providing child abuse prevention programming
  • Develop program evaluation and accountability plan
  • Cultivate leadership and funding resources on an ongoing basis

If your community is interested in developing a Children’s Advocacy Center,
please contact us at 616-228-4546 or admin@cacmi.org.

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