Our Outcomes

How Reports Were Handled Before the CAC
  • FCS receives a report - interviews child; contacts Law Enforcement if child discloses or assistance is needed. Child is then re-interviewed.
  • Law Enforcement receives a report, then interviews child. If child discloses abuse, inter-office memo is sent to FCS. Child is re-interviewed.
  • If child is unsafe in his/ her home and FCS receives custody, child may be re-interviewed.
  • Referrals made for medical exams-child is asked additional questions.
  • Any alleged criminal cases staffed with prosecutor. Child may be re-interviewed for further information.
  • Referrals made for therapeutic care, child is asked more questions.
  • Children being interviewed multiple times by many different people which creates additional trauma
  • Children being interviewed in cold, sterile environments; at times, in the home where the abuse occurred
  • Interviewers not specially trained
  • Lack of communication and coordination amongst the agencies making decisions
  • Non-offenders being given differing information from many agencies which leads to confusion, lack of trust, etc.
How Reports are Handled Through the CAC Model
  • FCS or Law Enforcement receives a report regarding child sexual abuse and / or severe physical abuse
  • FCS or Law Enforcement makes referral to the CAC and a centralized, multi-disciplinary process begins
CAC Model
  • Prompt and consistent response to reports
  • Reduction in the number of child interviews (recorded interviews)
  • Interviewed in a safe, child-friendly atmosphere
  • Professionals are trained annually on topics related to child abuse
  • Collaboration and shared Information leads to higher rates of prosecution
  • Communication and coordination of services provided
  • Regularly Scheduled Multidisciplinary Team Meetings: Comprehensive Information Sharing and Decision-Making
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