The Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris 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. The CAC provides the critical services child abuse victims need as they go through a child abuse investigation.
The CAC provides an array of child-focused services including:
- Specialized Forensic Interviewing
- Onsite Specialized Mental Health Services
- Forensic Medical Exams
- Multidisciplinary Team Coordination
- Family Advocacy Services, including assistance with Crime Victims Compensation
- Rainbow Room Services
- Community Awareness & Education
Last year CAC Paris served 185 children.Since opening in 1999, we have served over 3,200 children.
Prior to children’s advocacy centers, a child’s outcry of abuse didn’t necessarily mean the hurt was over. Due to the complex nature of these cases, our systems require the involvement of many different professionals to investigate, prosecute and intervene. Historically, information was not routinely shared, efforts were rarely coordinated, and obtaining successful outcomes for these child victims was virtually impossible. Children’s Advocacy Centers are changing this. CAC’s provide a safe place where healing can begin.
To report child abuse contact the CPS Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or call your local law enforcement.