A Children’s Advocacy Center is a program that advocates for child abuse victims and their families and supports them throughout treatment, investigation, and prosecution. The Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of the National Children’s Alliance, is a child focused, Chittenden County-based program in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, and victim advocacy work together to make team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases. This team approach helps give a more complete understanding of each case and allows us to respond in the most effective way to child victims and their families.
The primary goal of the Children’s Advocacy Center is to ensure that children are not further traumatized by the intervention system designed to protect them.
This program has many benefits, with an approach that allows for faster follow-up to child abuse reports, more efficient medical and mental health referrals, fewer child interviews, more successful prosecutions, and consistent support for child victims and their families. The Children’s Advocacy Center makes victim support and advocacy services available to all our clients, as well as specialized mental health services for children and non-offending family members.