Restoring Lives, Together
What Is a Child Advocacy Center?
Before CACs, child survivors of abuse were moved from agency to agency and endured multiple interviews in different settings, potentially causing further trauma. A child advocacy center (CAC) turns this model upside down by providing a single safe, child-friendly facility where child protection, criminal justice, and child treatment professionals work together to investigate abuse, hold offenders accountable, and help children heal. Once a referral is made through Child Protective Services and/or law enforcement, the CAC warmly welcomes the child and family to begin their path to healing.
About the Marion County Child Advocacy Center
The Marion County Child Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Marion County to reports of child sexual abuse and children who have experienced violence. Since opening our doors in 2005, we have served more than 1600 children.
The Marion County Child Advocacy Center coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff:
- facilitates our partners’ collaborative response
- arranges families’ visits to the center, including provision of support services, such as transportation
- conducts forensic interviews
- provides family advocacy and crisis intervention services
- provides mental health therapy
- ensures appropriate medical treatment
All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. The Marion County Child Advocacy Center services are free of charge to every client.View Results
Our Team Sets Us Apart
The Marion County Child Advocacy Center’s staff of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping children heal from abuse in Marion County. We are equally supported by our Board of Directors — 9 volunteers who are committed to our mission and bring a variety of vital professional expertise and experience to the organization.Meet Our Team
Join Us in Our Mission
We are always looking for passionate individuals who feel strongly about ending the cycle of abuse and helping child survivors of abuse begin their path of healing. Join us in our mission of creating a safer state for our children.See current opportunities