ADVOCACY & SUPPORT
Each child visiting the facility receives the services of a Child & Family Advocate who helps support the child before and after the forensic interview. The Advocate ensures the child feels safe and comfortable while at the facility, advocates for the child & family's needs throughout the investigative process, and helps coordinate services the child & family might need to begin healing.
HAPPY BEAR PERSONAL SAFETY PROGRAM
Happy Bear is a prevention program for children in Pre-K through 1st grades. Through a short, interactive play, Happy Bear helps teach young children the basics of recognizing, resisting, and reporting welcome & unwelcome touches. Programs like Happy Bear help improve children's knowledge, self-confidence, & assertiveness which can result in decreased risk of victimization by offenders who seek out vulnerable children. To bring Happy Bear to your school or pre-school, click here
Forensic interviewing at the CAC's child-friendly facility ensures child victims of alleged abuse have a safe, comfortable location to be interviewed by law enforcement or protective services staff. Interviews are conducted by specially-trained individuals using a multidisciplinary approach that is designed to be neutral and fact-finding while remaining child-focused.
The legal process can be an intimidating one, particularly for a child or young person. In the event a child's case goes to trial, the CAC provides an Advocate to help them understand the process and be with them during hearings or other legal proceedings. This is another way the CAC carries out its mission of reducing the trauma associated with abuse.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Through the CAC, we have a goal of stopping abuse before it even starts. To do so, we provide child sexual abuse prevention education to individuals annually, in school settings but also in communities. Current programs available include: Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children program, A New Approach to Protecting Children: Advice from Child Molesters, and Mandated Reporter training. To schedule a training or obtain more information, click here.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS
In addition to the presentations pertaining specifically to child abuse prevention and reporting, our CAC focuses a portion of our outreach on educating community members and professionals that work with at-risk youth. The goal of the CAC is to help educate those that work with these children to enable them to be more prepared for working with them on a daily basis and allow more guidance in providing these children their needed safety.