Children's Advocacy Center

The Children's Advocacy Center model is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines -- law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy - work together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.
The primary goal of our Child Advocacy Center is to ensure that children are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them.

Coordinated Child-Friendly Interviewing: Our forensic interviewers are trained in conducting forensic child friendly interviews. All forensic interviews are coordinated with the multidisciplinary investigative team.

Information/Referrals: Parents are provided with helpful, comprehensive information and referral for their children and family by trained professionals from the multidisciplinary team.

Advocacy: The family is offered advocacy to help navigate new and unfamiliar systems. A family support advocate is able to meet with the child victim and non-offending family members on site. Families are provided information about the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations program.

Crisis Intervention: Child victims and their families are offered short term crisis support services. Child victims and their non-offending family members are provided referral information for long term mental health treatment through multidisciplinary team agencies.

Education: Child victims and family members are offered helpful education materials on child abuse. The Center offers parents a Parent Information Packet with helpful materials to assist during the aftermath of an abuse disclosure.

Community Presentations and Awareness: Center staff are available for presentations on topics related to child abuse and the Child Advocacy Center Medical-Model.