What is a Child Advocacy Center?
A children’s advocacy center is the ONE place that provides a safe, child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals may share information and develop effective, coordinated strategies sensitive to the needs of each unique case and child.
Alabama’s Child Advocacy Centers
A Child Advocacy Center is a child-focused facility for:
Forensic interviews are neutral, non-biased and aimed at eliciting facts from children in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Coordinate medical exams. When necessary, child advocacy centers will ensure that children receive appropriate medical attention.
Multidisciplinary Team Case Reviews
Coordinate a multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations
Offer mental health services for victims and their families.
Offer victim support and advocacy to clients throughout the investigation and legal proceedings. Conduct case tracking to monitor case progress.
Community Education & Prevention
Train adults on how to better protect children from child sexual abuse.