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CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

Children's Advocacy Center

What is a Children's Advocacy Center?

The Children’s Advocacy Center is a safe place for kids who may have been abused. The center brings together a team of specially trained professionals who evaluate and investigates cases of child abuse and help children and their families. The center has been designed to help you and your child feel comfortable, safe and mimimze trauma.

Why A CAC is Needed?

Discovering a child may be the victim of abuse, maltreatment or other trauma is a frightening, disturbing experience that affects the entire family. The investigation and response can be confusing and overwhelming, involving many different agencies and systems.

The Children’s Advocacy Center brings all services needed together in a place designed especially for children. As a result, cases are thoroughly investigated, medical counseling and victim advocacy services are provided and the trauma for the child and family is reduced.

Services We Offer

  • – We provide a safe, supportive environment for children who may have been physically or sexually abused or have witnessed a violent act
  • – A multidisciplinary team investigates with compassion and coordination
  • – Medical evaluation and treatment by medical professionals
  • – Sensitive forensic interviews conducted by a specially trained interviewer
  • – Mental health services to meet specific needs of the children and caregivers
  • – Advocacy services
  • – Community prevention by raising awareness and knowledge of abuse

Caroline Vinyard

CEO, Children's Advocacy Centr

 Caroline is a licensed mental health counselor with 15 years’ experience in the behavioral health field and child welfare system. She received her MBA from Liberty University in 2017 and is committed to servant leadership. “I see myself as an advocate for all children through unconditional positive regard.” The first rule of thumb is to believe the child and always make them the priority in child abuse allegations.