The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a place where children, families and members of Delaware’s child abuse response team come together for the safety and well-being of children. Learning that your child has been abused or may have been abused can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. The Children’s Advocacy Center was created to help children and families through the process. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides a safe, child-friendly environment where children can be interviewed, and families can be connected to needed resources and services. Here is what you can expect during your visit:
- 1 You will be greeted by a CAC staff member who will check in you and your child and show you to a child-friendly waiting area where your child can play, read or watch TV while you wait to meet the interviewer.
- 2 The interviewer will come out to meet you and your child and the interviewer will then show you the interview room where your child will be interviewed and talk to you about the interview process.
- 3 Once prepared, the interviewer will accompany your child to the interview room to complete the interview.
- 4 The Family Resource Advocate will meet with you briefly to provide a few resource materials that you can review while your child is being interviewed.
- 5 Following the interview, the interviewer will return your child to the waiting area and accompany you to the conference room to meet with the members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).
- 6 The MDT members will be introduced to you, will explain next steps and answer any questions you may have.
- 7 The Family Resource Advocate will meet with you again to discuss services and resources available to your child and family.
- 8 The Family Resource Advocate will accompany you to the waiting area and this concludes your visit to the CAC.