Last year in Idaho:
2,249 Children received:
- Interviews for suspected abuse
- Crisis counseling
- Medical services
- Coordinated abuse investigations at Children’s Advocacy Centers
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What is a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and how does it make a difference for child victims of abuse?
- At its core, a CAC is aboutTEAMWORK – bringing the agency professionals involved in a child abuse case together on the front end – and about puttingthe needs of the child victim first.
- CACs bring together Law enforcement, Child protection, CAC child abuse interviewers, child abuse Medical professionals, Mental Health professionals, Prosecutors, and Victim witness specialists.
- A CAC provides a trained child abuse interviewerto talk to the child.
- A CAC video records the child interview while Law Enforcement watches via live video feed so the child only has to tell their story once.
- A CAC provides up front Crisis Counseling to Family members providing education, emotional support, and linking them to services while thier child is interviewed.
- A CAC provides needed medical assessment and services by a child abuse trained medical professional.
- A CAC provides access to abuse specific trauma informed Counseling / Mental Health Services.
- A CAC helps children and families prepare for courtif they have to appear or testify.
- A CAC provides Case tracking and follow up so no child falls through the cracks.
- A CAC provides children and families with HOPE and HEALING!