Mission: A comprehensive, child-friendly facility where professionals from law enforcement, medical, child protection and therapeutic services effectively collaborate to meet the individual needs of child victims and break the cycle of abuse.
Vision: A compassionate community where families thrive, children are safe, and victims receive the resources they need to heal.
Values: Safety, Support, Solutions, Success
In a perfect world, children live in safe, nurturing environments. But our world is not perfect. It is a harsh reality that child abuse occurs all too frequently. More than 2,000 children are confirmed as victims of child abuse in Alachua County each year. Too often these young victims are further traumatized by the very system designed to help them. In the past, children were shuffled among agencies, from the police department to the hospital to the mental health center to the prosecutor's office. They have been asked to tell the story of their abuse over and over again. This fragmented system did not offer children and families the support and services they needed to begin the journey toward healing.
A Better Way
In 1998, a group of dedicated individuals from agencies who handle child abuse recognized a need for change. The primary focus was placed on the child victim and non-offending family members. This group began working as a team to establish an advocacy center that would unite all agencies working on behalf of child abuse victims and promote a compassionate community response.
The Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville provides a child friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused and neglected children. The Center is a place where professionals – social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, state attorneys, victim advocates, medical professionals and others – work as a team to coordinate investigations and interventions for each child abuse case. This collaboration expedites each child's time in the legal system and ensures that children are not re-victimized by the system and that they and their families are provided the support and services needed.
The Child Advocacy Center receives funding and/or support from the following:
Private Donors, Foundations and Corporate Sponsors.