Child Advocacy Center
What is a Child Advocacy Center?
Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) are an important part of child abuse investigations, with a focus on minimizing trauma to the child during the process. They bring together a multidisciplinary team of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, including law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health providers.
Our CAC can only work with youth referred by CPS or law enforcement.
Providing trauma-informed interviews with child victims regarding the abuse.
Connection to Resources
Helping the child and non-offending family access needed resources.
Helping the child and non-offending family members process their situation.
Providing vital information about the legal system and what to expect.
Assisting the child and non-offending family in the aftermath of abuse.
Attending court with the child and non-offending family members.
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Report Child Abuse
If you don't report it, who will?
It can be difficult to report child abuse. People often find it easier to ignore it or avoid thinking about the possibility a child may have been abused. But if you don’t report child abuse, the child will be unprotected and the abuse will likely continue. Often, families are ashamed, distressed, or do not know how to ask for help.
If you suspect a child is being sexually or physically abused, reach out to Child Protective Services (CPS) to report it ASAP at 855-444-3911.
Learn more about reporting on the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website.