We at the Children’s Advocacy Center believe that any child who has experienced sexual abuse needs an evaluation and individual counseling. We also believe that counseling should be available to every child regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Treating child victims requires specialized training and commitment. Our therapists are licensed social workers or professional counselors who have had this specialized training.
Facing sexual abuse is traumatic and difficult. Families that are committed to healing are able to move on without the lasting effects that child abuse can cause.All children react to and are affected to abuse in different ways. Some of the factors that may influence the effect of the abuse on your child are:
Family advocacy at The Children’s Advocacy Center is designed to support the non-offending caregiver so they can support the child. The purpose is to support the caregiver in this time of crisis, provide education about child abuse and help the family find any other resources they may need.
Advocacy and support are provided to the non-offending caregiver and the child by all of our staff. The first person the family meets is the Interview Coordinator who talks to the caregiver about what will happen during the forensic interview, what happens after the interview, helps them fill out the necessary paperwork and explains the Victim Compensation program.
The Forensic Interviewer talks to the caregivers after the interview to again explain what will happen next and answer any questions they may have. Our counselors provide ongoing support for the child and the family throughout the legal process. The counselors will help the child understand the court system and what will happen when they testify.