Child Advocacy Center
Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) must be fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) in order to receive funding from the Child Advocacy Center Fund. CAC funding is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDSVPTB).
The CAC Fund is legislatively designed to:
- Provide investigative, assessment, counseling, support and educational services to victims of child sexual abuse and their families.
- To pay actual and reasonable operating costs of CAC.
- To provide training related to child sexual abuse for personnel employed or otherwise retained by CAC.
- To improve the detection, investigation, treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse through the coordinated activities of CAC, medical care providers, crime victim organizations, and local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
The NCA defines a CAC as child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical/victim advocacy, and child advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.
CAC services are typically provided by a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and include, but are not limited to, forensic interviews, crisis counseling, child and family advocacy, medical evaluation, systems change advocacy, service coordination, support groups and child and family therapy.