The Tioga County Children's Advocacy Center is working to become a soft place to land after the storm of child abuse subsides. The CAC is working to provide victim advocacy services and is working toward achieving membership in the National Children's Alliance.
When police or child protective services believe a child is being abused or has been abused, the child is brought to a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) by a caregiver or other safe adult. The CAC provides a safe, child-focused environment for child victims to tell their stories once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not retraumatize them.
A team that includes professionals from medical, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, and victim advocacy make decisions together about how to help the children who are receiving services at the CAC. This is called the multidisciplinary team (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of CACs.
The Tioga County CAC is working toward this goal and hopes to one day soon provide onsite trauma-focused therapy, medical exams, courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and referrals to other relevant community services that could benefit the children and their family members.
In PA, sexual abuse remains the leading category of abuse, followed by physical abuse.
The Tioga County CAC is pursuing membership and accredidation with the National Children's Alliance.