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The primary goal of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is to reduce the trauma a child may endure during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and to increase the positive emotional closing for children and their families so that they may go on and lead a positive, healthy life.

The CAC brings together in one place, the people and services a child needs during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, to provide a supportive environment that is safe and child friendly.
We offer two centers to serve the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

Roanoke – 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke VA 24016
Multi-disciplinary Teams formed in the following jurisdictions:
Roanoke City
Roanoke County
City of Salem

New River Valley – 90 College Street, Roanoke VA 24073
Multi-disciplinary Teams formed in the following jurisdictions:
Floyd County
Montgomery County
Pulaski County

For more information, contact:
Christina Rouse, CAC Program Director
540-344-3579, ext. 10

The CAC Model
At its core, the model is about teamwork – bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end – and about putting the needs of the child victim first.  So rather than having a child taken from agency to agency throughout the law enforcement and child protection systems, and having to endure multiple, sequential interviews, the CAC model brings the system to the child, and brings the agency professionals together to work in a collaborative approach that results in effective, efficient  and child-centered casework. To learn more, please visit the National Children’s Alliance website.

Multi-Disciplinary Team
The Multidisciplinary Model was developed by Former Congressman, Bud Cramer in 1985. Recognizing the need to find a better way to help young victims of sexual abuse. The “multidisciplinary team approach” involves law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, medical, family advocates, CAC’s and other resources in a model community response to child sexual abuse. For more information about the Multi-Disciplinary Team Model, visit the National Children’s Advocacy Center website.

Forensic Interviewer
One of the most important reforms brought about by the CAC Model and MDTs is the ability to conduct forensic interviews of the child victims on behalf of both the law enforcement and CPS investigation, reducing the number of interviews and interviewers to which the child victims are exposed to in the course of an investigation. Children’s Trust employs specifically trained forensic interviewers who conduct developmentally appropriate, legally sound interviews on behalf of investigators.

Family Advocate
Family Advocacy services are provided to the parents and guardians of children who participate in forensic interviews, although other caregivers may be referred to the program as well. These services are designed to give support and education to caregivers in a one-on-one setting or through support groups. Children’s Trust provides two Family Advocates to serve the families of both of our centers. Our advocates consult with each non-offending caregiver to insure that the child and family receive the services needed and to be the point of contact for support. To learn more about the Family Advocate’s role, click here!

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Elvis: In November 2014, Children’s Trust received a wonderful addition to the staff! Elvis, a trained facility dog is available to set with children during the forensic interviews.  To learn more about Facility Dogs, visit: Courthouse Dogs website.

Child Friendly Facility
Both of our centers offer a developmentally sensitive space for children to come and feel comfortable in a psychologically safe and child friendly place. Our waiting rooms are inviting and the interview rooms are painted in soothing colors.

Our Roanoke Center is an Accredited Member with the National Children’s Alliance and our New River Valley Center is an accredited satellite center. Accreditation through the NCA means that our centers and staff meet best practice guidelines and offer top notch services. Along with the NCA both our centers are members of the state chapter of CAC’s, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Virginia, to learn more about the CAC of Virginia, click here!

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