February 10, 2016

What We Do

Services


Advocacy 
Our Victim Advocate, Armina Medic, will help victims throughout the entire process at the CAC. She can help in a number of ways, including: information about the criminal justice process, scheduling of court dates, information on how to get protection, referrals for various community services, help with receiving Victim Compensation and other general support services.

Support
The Children’s Advocacy Center offers a variety of support services. We offer in-house therapy and wellness groups for child-aged victims of abuse. We coordinate with area agencies to help families get the services that they need. We sponsor scholarships to send children to camps and other enrichment programs. The CAC will do all that it can to provide a supportive environment for all the children and families that walk through our doors.

Case Managment
The CAC, CUSI, DCF and the State’s Attorney’s Office all work together under one roof to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. We are there for the victims from the initial report, to coordination of services, and beyond the conclusion of the trial process. Our goal is to support the victim while simultaneously working to bring offenders to justice.

Referrals
The CAC has formed a partnership with area counselors to ensure that prompt and effective treatment, by qualified professionals, is available to all victims of abuse. Please visit our Referrals page for more information.

Prevention
The CAC and CUSI have taken the next and most important step in the effort to end abuse, by working with schools and parents in teaching children how to be safe and educating parents how to be aware.

Multi-Disciplinary Team


The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) is a cooperative effort tasked with the ongoing review and consultation of investigations involving juvenile victims/survivors. The purpose of the MDT is to foster the seamless response to incidents investigated by CUSI, ensuring thorough investigation, to avoid duplication of efforts, to increase timely access to services and to improve the likelihood of successful prosecution. THE CUSI/CAC MDT is empanelled under the authority of the Vermont Commissioner of DCF. The purpose of this empanelment is to have the ability to share confidential information with other team members.


The MDT meets twice a month to present and highlight concerns of cases currently being investigated or prosecuted. These meetings are coordinated by the CAC Director. Case review is designed to provide each member of the team the opportunity to discuss and monitor issues relevant to the case, including, but not limited to, child protection, investigation, prosecution, SANE examinations, victim services and mental health referrals. MDT members are provided with regular opportunities for cross-disciplinary team training.


The Multi-Disciplinary team consists of representatives for the following disciplines/agencies:

  • Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
  • Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • CUSI Detectives
  • CUSI Victim Advocate
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Department of Corrections
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Pediatric Trauma Specialist (ChildSafe Clinic)
  • Representative from the Office of the Attorney General
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE-P)
Partnerships


CPT
The Child Protection Team (CPT) coordinates services by bringing together professionals from various local human service agencies to help families address challenges that they encounter in caring for their children safely. The team is empanelled by the State, which allows the various members to share confidential information that could help assist the families.

The Children’s Advocacy Center plays a crucial role in the multi-disciplinary CPT. Our specialized experience with victims of child and sexual abuse allows us to share perspectives with the team. We work closely with all members of the CPT to coordinate care toward effective outcomes for children and families.

Feedback


“I just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for the tour and informational talk about CUSI. I was so impressed and awestruck by the amazing work people do. I am thankful that I have never had to use your services, but am thankful there are people like you and your colleagues that are willing to do the tough work”…”Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Anonymous


“…It [Chittenden Children’s Advocacy Center] has a strong reputation and history of providing high quality services in this region of Vermont. The CAC/CUSI is vewed as the ‘go to’ agency for victims of sexual violence and their non-offending family members, as it is staffed by knowledgable people in an easily accessible, welcoming environment.”

Sally Borden,
Executive Director,
KidSafe Collaborative of Chittenden County