Welcome to our Facts Page

Here you can find information on:
  • What a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is

  • How CAC's work

  • What some of the benefits are of having a CAC in your community

  • What people are saying about Washington State Children's Advocacy Centers.

► If you are looking for statistical reporting data on Washington CAC's please visit: Stats and Impact page.

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What is a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)?

What is a Children's Advocacy Center?

Children's Advocacy Centers are:

  • Child-focused, child-friendly facilities where children and their non offending family members feel safe enough to get the help they need to stop abuse and begin the process of healing.

  • A center where representatives from many disciplines meet to discuss and make decisions about investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases.

  • They also work to prevent further victimization of children.

  • Children's Advocacy Centers use a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach which brings together all the professionals and agencies needed to offer comprehensive services; law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, the medical community and advocacy.

⇒ To better understand the importance of a Children's Advocacy Center it is helpful to understand what children face without a CAC. 

Without a Children's Advocacy Center:
  • The child may end up having to tell the worst story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, cops, lawyers, therapists, investigators, judges, and many others.

  • They may have to talk about their tramatic event in a police station, where a young child might think they are in trouble.

  •  They may be asked the wrong questions by a daycare staff member, well-meaning teacher/school counselor, or other adult that could potentially hurt the judicial case against the abuser.

What are the benefits of a CAC?

What are the benefits of  having a CAC in your community?

Communities that have developed a Children's Advocacy Center experience many benefits such as:

  • less trauma to child victims during the investigative process
  • better communication between professionals
  • increased access by children and their families to community resources
  • more immediate follow-up to child abuse reports
  • more efficient medical and mental health referrals
  • reduction in the number of child abuse victim interviews 
  • increased number of successful prosecutions
  • consistent support for child victims and supportive adults.

This comprehensive approach, with follow-up services provided by the CAC, ensures that children receive child-focused services in a child-friendly environment - one in which the child's needs come first!

What are people saying about Washington CAC's?

Below are just a few quotes from caregivers and MDT members taken directly from the CACWA 2018 OMS report.

*Numbers and quotes are taken directly from our 2018 OMS report. Click here to view the CACWA Outcome Measurement System Report.


Children's Advocacy Centers of Washington is an accredited member of the NCA