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Child Forensic Interviewing • Child & Family Advocacy • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Therapy Dogs • Pediatric Sexual Assault Examinations • Multidisciplinary Team Training • Stewards Of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
What is a …
…Child Advocacy Center?
CACs are facility based community partnerships dedicated to pursuing the truth in cases involving reported crimes against children.
CACs ensure children are not further victimized by the interventions intended to protect them.
…Child Forensic Interview?
A child forensic interview at a CAC is an age and developmentally appropriate, information-gathering interview of an reported child victim of a crime or a child witness to a violent crime.
Forensic interviews follow a semi-structured forensic interview protocol designed to be non-leading and non-suggestive and always prioritizing the needs and safety of the child.
CACs utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to investigate and intervene in cases involving reported crimes against children to ensure a child-focused approach. An MDT consists of the following professionals:
• Law Enforcement • Child Protective Services • Prosecution • Victim Advocacy • Medical Personnel • Mental Health Personnel • Child Advocacy Centers
In the 2020-2021 school year, a minimum of 88 schools will host the Susie’s Place Child and Teen Safety Matters prevention class, with over 39,918 students participating.
87 schools, 41,999 students
71 schools, 30,000 students
14 schools, 4,000 students
The Susie’s Place prevention team has adapted both the Child and Teen Safety Matters and the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training to virtual options so that body safety and abuse prevention trainings could continue to be taught through the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant school, business and even statewide closures. With some children isolated in dangerous situations away from safe adults,
the number of abuse reports to the Department of Child Services decreased substantially. The reduced number of cases for 2020 reflects that downturn in reporting.
2020 Cases by Center