Children’s Advocacy Centers have revolutionized the approach to child abuse investigations. Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi streamline the process for families dealing with child abuse, and we make it our goal to put the needs of the child first. Our approach is to bring together all entities involved such as law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental and/or medical health, and advocacy services, to make decisions about the complete management of child abuse cases. Learn more below.
Child protective services is one of the six core disciplines that make up the multidisciplinary team. The role of CPS is to ensure that the child’s home is safe. CACM offers many trainings that are open to child protective services. CACM is a designated provider for social work hours and will offer continuing education hours, whenever possible.
Law enforcement is one of the six core disciplines that make up the multidisiciplinary team. The role of the local law enforcement is grounded in public safety. CACM has many trainings that are open to law enforcement.
The Criminal Justice Council of the American Bar Association passed an official resolution of the ABA House of Delegates that endorsed the CAC model. It is quite rare to get that sort of official resolution passed. Read the complete resolutions HERE.
Victims of child abuse need mental health services that are provided by professionals with pediatric experience and child abuse expertise. Without effective intervention, many traumatized children will suffer ongoing or long-term adverse social, emotional, and developmental outcomes that may impact them throughout their lives.
Victim Advocates provide victim support and advocacy to help reduce trauma for the child and the non-offending family members and to help improve outcomes. The guiding principle in providing victim-centered advocacy is to ensure a consistent and comprehensive network of support to the child and family.