Child Advocacy Center
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a safe, neutral, child-friendly setting where victims of child abuse can talk about what happened. The Collins Center and our CAC provide child specific trauma therapy, court advocacy, and a specially designed forensic interview room where representatives from Social Services, the Commonwealth Attorney, and law enforcement come together to ensure the child's needs remain central to the investigation and to lessen any additional trauma. The CAC chairs the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) where representatives from local agencies meet to coordinate around specific cases and ensure the community is working together to lessen further trauma for the child.
Each Child Advocacy Center is unique to the needs of its community. The professionals in our community have been working collaboratively for many years, and the CAC furthers this approach through training, coordination, and advocacy to victims and their families. The center functions as a shared project among professionals with a vested interest in supporting and treating child abuse victims, giving families in our community a central location and coordinated team to walk with them.