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How Children’s Advocacy Centers make a difference

In 2023, CACs provided victim services to more than 380,000 children and abuse prevention education to more than 1.5 million people.

The primary mission of a CAC is to prevent further victimization by ensuring that child abuse investigations are comprehensive, and that intervention and healing services meet the age-appropriate needs of the child. Communities that use CACs and multidisciplinary teams:

  • Have a far higher conviction rate for CAC cases that are carried forward.
  • Ensure that child victims of sexual abuse are four times more likely to receive medical care and increased referrals for mental health treatment than children served by non-CAC communities.
  • Can be found in every type of community from urban, suburban, and rural communities to Native American tribes.
  • Provide services to children from 0-18, with nearly 27% of the children served being younger than 6 years old.

Learn the facts about CACs

  • CACs prevent abuse and keep children safe
  • CACs save money
  • CACs are efficient
  • CACs hold offenders accountable
  • CACs help child victims heal
  • CACs are effective
  • CACs are committed to research-supported practice
  • CACs are accountable

Through our 961 Children’s Advocacy Centers, National Children’s Alliance empowers local communities to effective respond to victims of child abuse.

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