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Welcome to our Facts Page

Here you can find information on:
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  • 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.

► If you have a question that is not answered on this page you may email: admin@cacwa.org

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.

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


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