Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC)
Cascade County is proud to have a Nationally Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC works with the local Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to respond to concerns of abuse, particularly sexual abuse, in a safe, child centered setting where the needs of the child are the top priority. The MDT includes professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocacy, prosecution, medical, and mental health. When law enforcement and/or child protection services believe a child is being abused, the child is brought to the CAC, to assist with minimizing additional trauma by reducing the need for the child to re-tell facts and stories regarding their abuse. At the CAC, the child tells their story once to a trained interviewer. Then, based on the interview the MDT makes decisions together about how to help support the child and family in healing from the effects of abuse.
To learn more about the success and work of CAC’s, please visit the National Children’s Advocacy Center: https://www.nationalcac.org