What Happens Next?
Valley CAC provides a safe, child-friendly location for a multidisciplinary team (MDT) investigation of child sexual abuse & severe physical abuse. The team approach reduces trauma to the child through coordinated information gathering by trained professionals. Valley CAC works with law enforcement, child protective services, victim witness specialists, and prosecutors who share information and coordinate resources so that child victims and their families receive the services, support, and treatment they need.
- When a report of suspected child sexual abuse or severe physical abuse is received by law enforcement and/or child protective services, the investigators call Valley CAC.
- The child and family will go to Valley CAC for a forensic interview, and the non-offending caregiver(s) will be offered family advocacy services.
- Following the initial investigation, Valley CAC coordinates the case review process and provides case tracking and advocacy to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child. Valley CAC facilitates referrals to victims’ services, medical providers, and community mental health providers.
- When appropriate, Valley CAC provides no-cost, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based intervention model shown to be effective in the treatment of child sexual abuse.
To learn more about Valley CAC, find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/valleycac. Valley CAC is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) organization.