Child advocacy centers (CACs) are community-based, child-friendly, multidisciplinary services for children and families affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. CACs bring together, often in one location, child protective services investigators, law enforcement, prosecutors, and medical and mental health professionals to provide a coordinated, comprehensive response to victims and their caregivers.
Child Advocacy Centers: One Stop on the Road to Performance-Based Child Protection
Reason Public Policy Institute (2003)
Findings and recommendations from a survey of executive directors.
Children's Advocacy Centers and Indian Country (PDF - 240 KB)
Update, 24(2), 2014
Explores the extent to which child welfare professionals have adopted multidisciplinary frameworks and the children's advocacy center model.
Multi-Site Evaluation of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs)
Crimes Against Children Research Center (2006)
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), this study evaluated the impact of CACs on children, families, systems, and communities. The website provides a logic model, data dictionary, outcome survey documents, and evaluation findings.
Taking Services Beyond Boundaries: How the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center Is Using Mobile CACs to Improve Care for Underserved Children and Their Families (PDF - 1,352 KB)
Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (2010)
Explores how mobile child advocacy centers can be used to increase the availability of services and resources for underserved children and families who have been victimized by sexual abuse. Lessons learned and recommendations are also shared.