CACM History

CACM HISTORY

The Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) was developed by a group of CAC directors that recognized the need to provide consistent and quality services to the entire state. CACM is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2009 and operates within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CACM is an Accredited Chapter through the National Children's Alliance. 

1979
  • Mississippi Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse is formed.
1981
  • Mississippi Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse begins holding a state conference.
1985
  • First children’s advocacy center is opened in Huntsville, Alabama, serving as the model for all children’s advocacy centers nationwide.
1988
  • Local Multidisciplinary Teams operating in Hinds, Lee, Harrison, and Forest Counties.
1990
  • First children’s advocacy center established in Jackson - Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • Child sexual abuse medical exams started in Mantachie.
1991
  • South Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center formed by the South Mississippi Exchange Club Center.
1995
  • Children’s advocacy centers begin offering forensic interviews to children in Mississippi.
1999
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Northeast Mississippi in Mantachie becomes full member children’s advocacy center.
2001
  • Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center in McComb established as an Associate Member.
  • Mississippi Children’s Alliance formed as a state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance with all Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Centers as member centers.
2002
  • Senate Bill 2413 passed and signed by the Governor. This law recognizes children’s advocacy centers as members of the Multidisciplinary Team and endorses the Multidisciplinary Team approach to investigating and prosecuting child abuse in Mississippi.
  • Mississippi chosen as the first of three states to receive the “Finding Words” training.
  • The following new CACs become associated with the National Children’s Alliance and the Mississippi Children’s Alliance:
    • Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi in Oxford, MS.
    • East Central Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center (still in existence but not currently associated with our organization)
    • South Central Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center (closed in 2012)
    • Southeast Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center
    • Southeast Mississippi Children's Advocacy Center (closed in 2005)
    • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (still in existence, but not currently a member of CACM)
  • Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center hosts first Summit and Strategic Planning Session
2003
  • Rankin Children’s Advocacy Center becomes a newly formed CAC (closed in 2010).
2004
  • Advanced “Finding Words” Training Conference in McComb.
2005
  • Beyond Finding Words” national conference held in Mississippi.
  • Mississippi Children’s Alliance name changed to Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM).
  • The Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi in Tupelo, MS.
2007
  • CACM hires first executive director.
2010
  • CACM hires 2nd executive director.
  • CACM receives 501c3 nonprofit status from IRS.
  • CACM receives charity registration with the Secretary of State’s Office.
2011
  • CACM develops new strategic plan for organization.
  • CACM receives National Children’s Alliance Chapter Accreditation.
  • Mississippi Community Education Center - Madison/Rankin CAC opens as a Developing CAC.
2012
  • Senator Brice Wiggins receives the 2012 National Children’s Alliance “Bud Cramer Award,” the highest award through NCA for his work protecting children and children’s rights.
  • Mississippi Community Education Center- Leflore CAC opens as a Developing CAC.
  • Natchez Children’s Home Services CAC opens as a Developing CAC.
  • CACM begins honoring “Champions for Children” as an annual award to those dedicated to helping victims of child abuse.
  • CACM receives support from the State of Mississippi for training of multidisciplinary team members and the expansion of CAC services.
2013
  • Mississippi Community Education Center- Madison/Rankin CAC receives Accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance.
  • Mississippi Community Education Center- Leflore CAC receives Accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance.
  • Healing Hearts CAC in Southhaven opens as a Developing CAC.
  • CACM receives Mississippi trademark for “children’s advocacy centers.”
  • Ann Neal receives the National Children's Alliance "Volunteer Award" and is honored at the 2013 Leadership Conference for her dedication to the child advocacy centers.

 

2014

 

  • Sally Kate Winters Family Services in West Point, MS, joins as a Developing CAC.
  • The 1st Annual One Loud Voice: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach Conference was hosted by CACM.

2015

  • Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center in Hattiesburg, MS, joins as a Developing CAC.
  • The Mississippi legislature enacted a state statute addressing children's rights in court.  Section 99-43-101 of the Mississippi Code provides protections and appropriate accommodations for children testifying in court.  This law helps lessen the mental and emotional suffering a child may endure and encourage the search for truth while protecting the rights of the accused.
  • Patti Marshall, Chief of the Bureau of Victim Assistance for the Office of the Attorney General, receives the 2015 National Children's Alliance "Bud Cramer Award", the highest award through NCA for her work protecting children and children's rights.
  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi receives the 2015 "Amy Clayton Justice Achievement Award" from the Mississippi Coalition for Survivors of Homicide.
  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi hosts the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) for universities, colleges and community colleges throughout Mississippi.

2016

  • Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center in Southhaven, MS, receives Accreditation from the National Children's Alliance.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE for the conference!

One Loud Voice: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Responding to Child Abuse

April 13-14, 2016

Biloxi, Mississippi