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Hope, Healing, and Justice for Kids

First Witness Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused non-profit agency offering hope, healing, and justice for alleged victims of child abuse and their families.

 

Understanding Child Abuse

Child abuse affects children in all socioeconomic levels, races, religions, and cultures. Learn the signs of abuse and how to respond and report when abuse is suspected.

If You Suspect Child Abuse

If you are concerned that a child is a victim of abuse, you may be unsure of what to do or how to respond. No matter what your role is, you have the power to make a positive difference in that child’s life.

Preventing Child Abuse

Child abuse prevention training, services, and resources strengthen our community’s commitment to safe relationships and environments for all children.

Upcoming Trainings

Advanced Forensic Interview

Based on the nationally-recognized ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol, this 2.5-day training provides a purposeful and legally defensible process for conducting expanded forensic interviews with… Learn More

July 24–26, 2024

Format: In-Person

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Advocacy

This training meets all essential components in the 2023 National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Standard of Victim Advocacy.  First Witness Child Advocacy Center’s… Learn More

August 13–15, 2024

Format: Hybrid

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Advanced Forensic Interview

This presentation will discuss the dynamics behind recantations of child abuse disclosures, both in forensic interviews and outside of forensic interviews. This session will review… Learn More

August 21, 2024 11:30am - 1:30pm CT

Format: Online

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What We Do

Forensic Interviewing

First Witness CAC provides neutral, fact-finding interviews for children, adolescents, and vulnerable adults who may have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, witnessed violence, or have been otherwise victimized.

Advocacy

All children and families served by First Witness CAC receive support and family advocacy services as part of the response to allegations of child abuse.

Facilitating a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

Children and families have the best outcomes when professionals work together and share their expertise.

Medical Exams

All children who are suspected victims of child abuse and served by First Witness CAC are entitled to a medical exam conducted by a specialized medical provider.

Mental Health

Access to specialized mental health services is critical for abused children and their families to move forward in the healing process.

Prevention

Each of us has a role in the safety and support of children that can help keep them safe from abuse.

Latest News

Sexual Exploitation of Minors: A Condensed Overview

Overview Sex trafficking of minors can be defined as anyone under the age of 18 who is recruited, exploited, lured, or solicited to complete a… Read More

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