Our Approach

 

Child Advocacy Center (CAC)

A comfortable, private, child-focused, family-friendly setting that provides a safe space for child victims of abuse to talk about what happened. The purpose of a CAC is to provide well-coordinated, multi-disciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse or victimization, beginning with a forensic interview and a medical exam for the child. This includes case management for children and their non-offending family members or guardians.

 

Before CACs, abused and neglected children had no continuity in their care and were forced to visit many agencies having to relive the trauma each visit.


Now CACs can offer victims and their families a safe and inviting space where all aspects of the trauma can be recorded and safeguarded for child protection, law enforcement and judicial proceedings under one roof!

Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Case Reviews

A functioning and effective MDT approach is the foundation of a CAC. MDT is a group of professionals who represent various disciplines and work together from the point of report to ensure the most effective coordinated response possible for every child. A monthly case review session ensures mutual accountability and that the child's needs are met sensitively, effectively and in a timely manner.

Our MDT is made up of representatives from Davie and Davidson Counties and include members from law enforcement, child protective services, district attorney's office, victim advocates, forensic interviewer, mental health therapists and medical professionals. The MDT meets monthly to communicate and collaborate on child abuse and assault cases. Cases are reviewed beginning with intake and/or forensic interview, through investigation, treatment and prosecution.

It is the primary objective of the MDT to focus, at all times, on the well-being of the child victim and avoiding any unnecessary trauma to the child and their non-offending caregivers.

Ensuring No Child Slips Between The Cracks

Each month, we host a MDT case review. Regardless of the case status, we facilitate continual updates on open cases with detectives, DA's social workers and our team of experts so we can foster the most accurate and detailed synopsis of each case.