When an instance of suspected child abuse is reported, it is important that a community have a good, competent community response to reduce the possibility that a child may not be adequately protected. Children’s Advocacy Centers enhance coordination between community agencies and professionals involved in the intervention system. They promote better understanding of and respect for one another’s roles and expertise, more informed case management decisions, and most importantly, a minimization of the trauma children can suffer following disclosure and the subsequent investigation and intervention process.
The first Children’s Advocacy Center was established in Huntsville, Alabama in 1985 under the guidance and direction of then District Attorney, Robert E. “Bud” Cramer, Jr. This center was designed to re-focus attention on the child victim and to provide support for the non-offending family members. Today there are more than 700 CACs in the United States and many abroad. In Georgia we currently have 46 programs serving about 90% of the state.