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What is a Child Advocacy Center?
What is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC)?
Child Advocacy Centers are child-focused programs in which representatives of law
enforcement, social services, prosecution, victim advocacy, medical and mental health
personnel jointly intervene in cases involving sexual/physical assaults and other crimes
against children through investigation, treatment and prosecution.
Organizations that use Child Advocacy Centers experience many benefits: More immediate
follow-up to reports of child sexual and other mistreatment, more efficient medical
referrals, reduction in the number of child victim interviews, increased success in
prosecution and consistent support for child victims and their non offending family members.
The NEST is accredited through the National Children’s Alliance.