As a nonprofit , 501 (c) 3 organization, we receive some Federal and State Grants that help us care our community's most vulnerable. However it does not cover all of our annual operating cost ! Each year our Child Advocacy Center counts on our community to help us meet the needs of children who are experiencing severe childhood abuse. Thank you to all those who support us through donations of your time and resources.
Our mission is to serve children who are victims of drug endangerment, physical and sexual abuse through prevention, education and intervention. We serve the seven counties of the 13th Judicial District: Clay County, Cumberland County, DeKalb County, Overton County, Pickett County, Putnam County, and White County. The UCCAC serves the LARGEST district in the entire state of Tennessee.
Since opening our doors in 2004 , The Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center has served over 10,000 children and their families. We received our National Children’s Alliance Accreditation in August 2010. We provide approximately 400 forensic interviews yearly and over 100 medical exams yearly for children who have been victims of sexual assault. The UCCAC also provides case management services through our victim advocacy program as well as trauma focused mental health services. The UCCAC cares for child victims of abuse and their non-offending caregivers. In total our programs and services reach over 1000 individuals in our community a year !
Traditionally, each agency or professional responding to child abuse had a different role in the investigation and intervention process. Sometimes, their efforts to fulfill these roles resulted in multiple interviews of the victim and in re-traumatizing the victim they are seeking to assist. There was no mechanism for coordinating these services. The Child Advocacy Center is a safe, welcoming and child friendly place where all of the professionals involved in the abuse system come to the child, not the other way around. This prevents the potential re-victimization of the child by requiring the child to travel to many different locations to be interviewed by many different adult “strangers.” The professionals involved are specialists in what they do, and they work together as a team, coordinated by the CAC staff, to keep the process simple and effective.
To find out more about our prevention training and consultation please contact us.