What Is A Child Advocacy Center (CAC)?
The CAC's main purpose is to facilitate a team approach to child sexual abuse in Summers County. When children are identified as possible victims of abuse and reports are made to law enforcements, the CAC is contacted to initate a team response. This team involves law enforcement, child protection professionals, prosecutors, victim advocates and mental and medical health professionals, known as Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT). A child may receive ONE forensic interview at the CAC where it will be observed by the team and allows the child to only have to tell thier story once in a child-friendly environment
SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
•Changes in behavior, sleeping, and eating
•Returning to earlier behaviors
•Fear of going home
•Changes in school performance & attendance
•Lack of personal care or hygiene
•Risk taking behavior
•Inappropriate sexual behaviors
Calling the 24-hour West Virginia Child Abuse Hotline
at 1-800-352-6513. (Anonymouse report)
Contacting the CAC at (304) 466-2226
Financial contributions, material support
(snacks, toys, games, etc.)
honorary gifts and memorials through an estate plan,
and volunteers. All donations are tax-deductible.