What is the Child Advocacy Center?
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Gainesville provides a child-friendly, safe and supportive environment for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The CAC 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. This collaboration seeks to ensure that children are not re-victimized by the system and that they and their families are provided the support and services needed.
The Center has taken the lead in providing quality training for multidisciplinary team members and the child protection community, in addition to facilitating changes within the child welfare system to efficiently, compassionately, and comprehensively serve children who have been abused. The Center advocates for children in the dependency, civil and criminal court systems.
The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is funded in part by the Alachua County Commission’s Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) and the United Way of North Central Florida. Additionally, this project was supported by Award No. VOCA-2018-Child Advocacy Center, In-00053 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs. Sponsored by Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Florida. The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.