South Mississippi Child Advocacy Center
What We Do as a Child Advocacy Center
The South Mississippi Child Advocacy Center (CAC) offers forensic interviewing to children when there are allegations of abuse, neglect, or violence. Without the CAC, a child experiencing abuse has to tell his story over and over again: to the police, a doctor, a social worker, an investigator, and a counselor. This places an incredible amount of undue stress on a child who is already traumatized. The CAC gives children a place where they can come and tell their story a single time.
Following the interview process, the CAC brings together many services and resources under one roof in order to protect the child and effectively prosecute the abuser.
As a result, fewer children fall through the cracks of the judicial system, and more criminals are prosecuted.
Who We Serve
Children in south Mississippi’s Harrison, Jackson, Stone, George, and Greene counties with services available to other counties as needed.
Services We Provide
The CAC provides forensic interviews for children when there are allegations of felony physical or sexual abuse as well as children who may have witnessed a violent crime. The CAC then works with a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to ensure that secondary trauma is minimized and the best interest of the child is prioritized throughout the leal process. The MDT consists of law enforcement, child protective services, medical personnel, District Attorney, Victim Assistance Coordinators, and the CAC staff.
The programs offered are provided by professionally trained staff who are caring, dedicated, and empathetic. The CAC’s staff assists other agencies involved in child abuse cases by acting as liaisons between families and agencies.The CAC is a safe and comforting environment for both children and their families.
The CAC offers victim assistance services and coordinates referrals for therapeutic, medical, and community support services. The CAC also provides community education to groups. Staff within the CAC have been trained in ChildFirst Forensic Interviewing and Preparing for Court. All staff members have backgrounds in social work, counseling, or other related fields.
Contact the South Mississippi Child Advocacy Center
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday