What is a Children's Advocacy Center?
A Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines-law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy-work together, conducting child interviews and making joint decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases. A core belief in children's advocacy centers is that the combined wisdom and professional knowledge of professionals of different disciplines will result in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective, child and family focused system response. The CAC model is now considered the best practice model for the investigative and delivery of treatment services of abused and neglected children.
The Child Advocacy Center of Warren County opened its doors in February 2008. Key community leaders and front line professionals agreed that Warren County's abused and neglected children deserved a more comprehensive response to their needs. The following agencies were instrumental in gaining community support:
- Children's Medical Center of Dayton
- Mental Health and Recovery Centers of Warren County
- Warren County Children Services
- Warren County Educational Service Center
- Warren County Board of MRDD
- Warren County Prosecutor's Office
- Warren County Sheriff's Office
- Chiefs of Police Association