How Does a CAC Help an Abused Child?
- COORDINATES with law enforcement and Child Protective Services to conduct the investigative interviews with minimal trauma to the child victim (limiting the number of interviews a child has to go through after an abusive situation lessens future trauma)
- Provides ACCOMPANIMENT to the child and caregivers as they meet with attorneys, law enforcement, and social services
- Provides AFTER-CARE SUPPORT AND SERVICES to non-offending families and children regardless of whether there is a court process
- REFERS TO QUALIFIED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS who specialize in abuse treatment and court preparation, and provides education to non-offending family members
- SERVES AS A LIAISON for the non-offending family and the legal system as they navigate the intricate process of prosecution
- STRENGTHENS RELATIONSHIPS with allied professionals so that all individuals are working together with the child as the focus