What is a Child Advocacy Center?

Child advocacy centers (CACs) are community-based, child-friendly, multidisciplinary services for children and families affected by sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. CACs bring together, in one location, child protective services investigators, law enforcement, prosecutors, and medical and mental health professionals to provide a coordinated, comprehensive response to victims and their caregivers.

Today, there are nearly 700 children’s advocacy centers nationwide, and more on the way. Children’s advocacy centers are designed to meet the unique needs of the particular community in which it is located – so no two centers are exactly alike

The Child Advocacy Initiative of Cayuga County adheres to standards as set forth by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. We are work closely with the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center and are currently seeking associate membership in the National Children’s Alliance.