About Child Advocacy Centers - The Vermont Children's Alliance

Children’s Advocacy Centers are child-focused programs in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, and child advocacy, work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases. Generally a CAC is a neutral area and is designed specifically to create a feeling of safety and security for the children involved.

Before CACs

The first Child Advocacy Center was founded in 1985 in Huntsville, Alabama. Before that, a child was interviewed repeatedly by many professionals; from their teacher to whom they have disclosed, to the school nurse, to the school counselor, to the principal to law enforcement, to child welfare services etc. Often, in repeating the story over and over, the child was re-traumatized.

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