During the mid-1980's professionals realized there must be a way to provide services for child abuse victims in a more child friendly way. Before the CAC concept, children were taken from one facility to another (police department, social worker's office, hospital, etc.) to be interviewed regarding sexual abuse. This caused more stress on children and families who were already in crisis.
After a local case where a young girl was killed at the hands of her abuser, District Attorney Douglas A. Valeska joined forces with other community members and officials to start the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center. In 1994, the CAC opened in a small house in downtown Dothan. That first year, 84 child victims accessed services. There was one full time employee and one part time employee. Today, and thanks in part to the great Wiregrass Community, the CAC has grown to provide services for over 600 local child abuse victims each year and employs 11 full time staff members. Houston, Henry, Dale, and Geneva Counties are served by the CAC. Although it is a job that is difficult and daunting, the CAC staff considers it a privilege to help the hundreds of victims who walk through our doors each year!