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Our Mission

The mission of The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is to reduce the devastating long-term effects that child abuse has on children, their families and society through immediate, coordinated, child focused services, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision

A world without child abuse.

About the Children's Advocacy Center of Delaware (CAC)

Children's Advocacy Centers are found in communities throughout the country in order to help children and their families who have been (or who may have been) victims of child abuse.  

In Delaware, there is a Children's Advocacy Center in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown.  

We're a comprehensive, child-focused program based in a facility that allows law enforcement, child protection professionals, prosecutors, and the mental health and medical communities to work together when intervening in child abuse cases.   The main goal of all CACs is to make sure that children are not further victimized by systems designed to protect them.  We accomplish this by working together as a multidisciplinary team and interviewing children with trained forensic interviewers in a manner that is legally sound, following nationally accepted "best practices," and minimizing duplicative and unnecessary interviews.

 

History of The Children's Advocacy Center of Delaware

1980's

  • Child abuse rose to the forefront in America
  • There was a mass increase in reported child abuse and neglect cases to local child protection services
  • Children were forced to re-tell and thus re-live their stories time and time again.
  • Due to separate agencies and fragmented services, there was a re-victimization of these abused children from the very system that was attempting to help.

1985

  • The National Children's Advocacy Center is founded in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • This center met the needs of abused children in a warm, non-threatening environment.
  • The focus is on the child victim and his or her family.
  • The Center has a Multidisciplinary Team working together to respond to child abuse in a coordinated manner.
  • The Children's Center has become a model for the country and the world.

1994

  • A community task force was formed to create better ways to serve abused children and their families in Delaware.
  • This task force spend two years in fact-finding and review.

1996

  • A recommendation by the task force provided for Delaware to establish a children's advocacy center where expert teams would give abused children coordinated services in a child-friendly setting.
1996
  • First Delaware Children's Advocacy Center began operating in New Castle County. 
1999
  • Second Delaware CAC opened in Milford, providing services for Kent and Sussex county.
2003
  • The CAC opened centers in Georgetown and Dover.  There is now a Center in each county in the state, to provide equal access to all children in Delaware.

Today

  • There are more than 600 Children's Centers across the nation based on the National Children's Advocacy Center