Children’s Advocacy Centers
Making A Difference
Last year, CACs provided victim services to more than 371,000 children and abuse prevention education to nearly 2.3 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 40% 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 854 Children’s Advocacy Centers, National Children’s Alliance empowers local communities to effective respond to victims of child abuse.
- Victims of Child Abuse Act is the only federal program solely dedicated to CACs and the kids they serve Learn more
- More information on child/family experiences at CACs
- CAC Service Statistics
- Find the CAC in your community
- What CAC covers your state or district? See our CAC Coverage Map
- How are CACs funded? See Snapshot 2017: Advocacy, Efficacy, and Funding in CACs