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To understand what a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is, you must understand what children face without one. Without a CAC, the child may end up having to tell the worst story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, law enforcement officers, lawyers, therapists, investigators, judges, and others. They may have to talk about that traumatic experience in a police station where they think they might be in trouble, or may be asked the wrong questions by a well-meaning teacher or other adult. This could hinder the prosecution.
A CAC offers a neutral, safe and child friendly place where everyone involved in the case (our Multi-disciplinary Team of law enforcement, child protection, medical personnel, tribal liaison and family advocates, etc.) meets under one roof. This process allows the child to tell what happened and for MDT members to support the family throughout the process. Services at the CAC are free of charge to families.
These professionals on our team support the investigation and prosecution of crimes against the children in the the Copper River Basin, Valdez and other outlying areas.
Founded in 2007, the Copper River Basin Child Advocacy Center opened it's doors in 2009 and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable agency. Our center is supported by several contributors including the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Public Safety, Alaska Children's Alliance, National Children's Alliance, the Copper River School District, Providence Valdez Medical Center, the City of Valdez and the Valdez United Way.
Our interview room is designed to help the affected child feel at ease and comfortable.
Medical rooms are set up to be just like going to the doctor!
Our staff are professionally trained for all types of abuse situations.