CAC Information Card
Children & Adolescents Work Through Trauma
Child Abuse Hurts
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Our mission is to
advocates for children and to reduce the trauma and anxiety for child victims of
sexual and severe physical abuse.
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.
• Advocacy Component
- CAC provides a safe environment for multidisciplinary
team members to interview child victims with allegations of sexual and
severe physical abuse.
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.
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
• Clinical Component
- Services are available to child victims and non-offending family members
through individual, family and group sessions.
Immediate crisis intervention, emotional support,
and guidance are available for victims of child sexual abuse and to their
non-offending family members.
(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
Forensic Interviews -
The CAC provides a trained forensic interviewer to interview child abuse victims.
• Education Component
Education - Programs are presented to various groups with the
goal of enhancing parenting skills, developing appropriate discipline
methods, and improving coping skills.
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.
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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