Childrens Advocacy Center (CAC)
2460 Cherry Street
Toledo, Ohio 43608
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 to 5:00
Established in 1997 as a project of the Lucas County Child Abuse Task Force, the Childrenís Advocacy Center (CAC) provides services to over 300 children each year. The CAC stresses coordination of investigation and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. The goal is to ensure that children are not re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them. The CAC in Lucas County was one of the first CACís in the state and has the honor of being one of only nine programs in Ohio to have Full Member status in the National Childrenís Alliance, the accrediting body for CACís nationwide.
The mission of the Childrenís Advocacy Center (CAC) is to provide the community with a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and sensitive approach to child abuse through a child-friendly center in which child abuse can be investigated. The CAC recognizes the need to reduce the trauma that children and families experience during the investigation and prosecution process.
The goals of Childrenís Advocacy Center:
- To reduce the number of interviews child victims of sexual abuse are subjected to in the course of the investigation of allegations, prosecution, and treatment by providing case management services and a site to help coordinate team interviews.
- To provide a safe, comfortable, child-friendly center where child sexual abuse interviews can take place.
- To provide supportive services to child victims and their families as a way to help reduce the trauma and maximize familiesí ability to help the child victim.
- To promote education of professionals and other community members and contribute to research in the area of child victimization.
Download the Children's Advocacy Center Brochure.