Child Advocacy Center Model

Child Advocacy Center Advantages

  • Reduces the number of interviews a child victim must endure, which reduces the trauma to the child
  • Creates a comfortable, child-friendly environment for the investigation as opposed to the environment typically experienced in a hospital emergency room or police station
  • Greatly reduces the time victims and their families spend assisting with the investigation because all services are provided at one location - what once took weeks can often be achieved in hours
  • Reduces police and Child Protective Services investigative time
  • Enables quicker prosecutions through more efficient case processing
  • Increases communication between agencies for an improved understanding of their roles and case need

The Multidisciplinary Team concept was a core aspect of the original Child Advocacy Center model developed by Former Congressman Robert E. "Bud" Cramer (AL), who was then a District Attorney during the early 1980’s. After much discussion, it was determined that the various agencies and departments responsible for the protection of children must be united in a collaborative effort, that no one agency by itself could assure the protection of children, and only by working as a multidisciplinary team could we effectively respond to child abuse. To learn more, go to the National Child Advocacy Center’s website.

In North Carolina during 2014...

7,706 total new child abuse cases investigated through the CAC model

5,233 forensic interviews were conducted at a CAC by or for law enforcement and child protective services

47,166 children participated in child abuse prevention programs provided by their local CAC

1,837 abused children received mental health treatment at their local CAC

3,136 sexually abused children received a required medical exam at their local CAC