The Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a program provided in partnership with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and BAMSI that is dedicated to minimizing trauma to children and families when concerns of abuse arise.
The Center serves children between the ages of three and eighteen who are victims of abuse or severe neglect. Services are provided in a positive, warm, and friendly environment that promotes children’s safety, mental well-being, and physical health.
The goal of the CAC is to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to child abuse investigations in order to minimize trauma to children and families. To carry out this goal, each child is interviewed by a specially trained Child Interview Specialist in an age appropriate room. A multi-disciplinary team works together to ensure that all necessary services for the child are offered in one location. Members of the team include child forensic interviewers, child protection workers, law enforcement officers, medical providers, prosecutors, and victim advocates. The Center’s physical plant enables members of the multi-disciplinary team to watch a child/victim interviewed on closed-circuit television to minimize both the trauma and the number of times that the child must be interviewed.
- Medical treatment by pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
- Forensic interviewing by Child Interview Specialist
- Victim advocacy
- Mental health referrals
- Professional training
- Community outreach