Once the Child Advocacy Center receives a referral from law enforcement or the Children’s Division on a child abuse case, the child is assigned a Child Advocate.
The discovery of child abuse throws a family into crisis. The Child Advocate’s role is to help the non-offending parent or caregiver manage that crisis.
Child Advocates provide support, assistance and advocacy through every step of the child’s case, from the moment he or she enters our center until the family no longer needs our help.
As members of the Multidisciplinary Team, Child Advocates help facilitate information sharing between law enforcement, Child Services and other agencies involved in the investigation. And, they keep families informed of the status of the child’s case.
Child Advocates also play an important role in connecting children and their non-offending parents or caregivers with access to the services they need to get through their crisis including medical, mental health, housing, protective orders and other assistance.