Advocates of Routt County is currently working with a multi-county task force to open the Brighter World – Child Advocacy Center for our community.
Children’s Advocacy Centers (“CAC”) are child-friendly facilities that offer safety, security, and a wide range of victim services for children and families that have been exposed to violence and abuse. These community-based centers and their staff serve as first responders in allegations of all types of child abuse, and they provide direct services to children in need and in crisis. The CAC response works to reduce the impact of child abuse by bringing together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protection, forensic interviewers, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals in a child-friendly setting to investigate abuse, hold offenders accountable, and most importantly help children heal from the trauma of abuse.
CACs have been demonstrated through research to:
A) serve as a cost-effective and efficient child abuse response;
B) increase the rates of prosecution;
C) reduce the length of time to disposition in child abuse cases;
D) increase the likelihood that maltreated children receive medical care;
E) increase a child victim’s access to mental health treatment; and
F) increase parental/caregiver satisfaction in the investigation and prosecution of the case involvingtheir child(ren).
To donate, get more information, or get involved in this project, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.879.2034.