Family Advocacy and victim support is integral and fundamental to The CAC response. Our team of dedicated master’s level social workers is available to help our families in crisis to:
- Navigate through the CPS and law enforcement investigative process
- To reduce trauma for children and non-offending family members
- To coordinate victim services, and
- To encourage participation in the investigation, treatment, and support services available to children and families
Family Advocates connect with children and families during the initial visit to The CAC before the Forensic Interview. They are readily available to provide an orientation of The CAC, to explain the investigative processes (including the Forensic Interview and Medical Exam), and to educate families on the dynamics of child sexual abuse. Family Advocates are available to answer questions, provide support, and give up-to-date information to families.
In the aftermath of victimization, when children and families are coping with the emotional impact of the initial report and the ensuing process, our team of experienced social workers is here to help and is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our children and families. Services are available in English and Spanish with sensitivity towards the diversity within our community; translators are also utilized when necessary.