In order to have a strong systematic response to child abuse, it is imperative to collaborate not only with our team members that are side by side with us after a report has been made, but also with those state-level leaders that make decisions about legislation that directly impact children and families. CACM strives to increase the awareness of state legislators and other relevant policy makers regarding the CAC model. Our legislators are often the key to making high-level systemic changes in order to strengthen the system's response to felony child abuse.
It is important to CACM to educate our legislators on the impact of state statutes on child sexual abuse investigations. Without support from our Senate and House members, key legislation would not have been passed, such as the authorization of Multidisciplinary Teams in the state (Miss. Code Ann. § 43-15-5) and language supporting appropriate accommodations for children testifying in court (Miss.Code 99-43-101).