Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center
SECAC

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Our Mission

Our mission is to serve as advocates for children and to reduce the trauma and anxiety for child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse.

Our Services

The CAC Board of Directors and staff are committed to providing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigations of child abuse.  It is our desire to provide programs and services for child victims and their families that will allow them to begin the healing process. The following is a brief synopsis of these services.

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Advocacy Component

  1. Child-friendly Facility - CAC provides a safe environment for multidisciplinary team members to interview child victims with allegations of sexual and severe physical abuse.

  2. Kid's Court - This program is designed for child victims and their non-offending family members in coordination with multidisciplinary agencies.  The purpose is to help prepare for the legal process and to provide support throughout the judicial process.

  3. Community Resources - CAC staff and trained volunteers can be enlisted to present special programs on various topics.  Civic groups, schools, universities, churches, and other interested individuals may obtain materials on child abuse, parenting, and related topics through our Resource Library.

  Clinical Component

  1. Therapy - Services are available to child victims and non-offending family members through individual, family and group sessions.

  2. Crisis Intervention - Immediate crisis intervention, emotional support, and guidance are available for victims of child sexual abuse and to their non-offending family members.

  3. Extended Assessments - (usually 4-6 sessions) Sessions are designed to determine if a child has been abused, to gather forensically sound information, to allow a child an opportunity to disclose over a period of time, and to compile information regarding the child's psychosocial functioning.

  4. Forensic Interviews - The CAC provides a trained forensic interviewer to interview child abuse victims.

Education Component

  1. Parenting Education - Programs are presented to various groups with the goal of enhancing parenting skills, developing appropriate discipline methods, and improving coping skills.

  2. Child Abuse Education - Programs are designed to provide information and knowledge about child abuse, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens to you or someone you know.

  3. Workshop and Seminars - Local, state and national training opportunities are made available to members of our multidisciplinary agencies.  Training is provided in areas of child abuse education, intervention and treatment for professionals and non-professionals.

Advocacy For Children - The CAC is a member of the Alabama Network of Children's Advocacy Centers and the National Children's Alliance. Through our affiliation with these groups we are able to speak out in a more unified voice for children both at the local, state, and national level.


 

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