What is a CAC
A Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a comprehensive, culturally competent, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting. A CAC brings together members of the child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, victim advocacy, medical, and mental health communities to provide child victims and their non-offending family members with comprehensive services designed to meet their individual needs. Many CAC models exist across the United States. Some operate as non-profit organizations, while others operate under the umbrella of a prosecutor's office, hospital, or mental health agency. Each is designed to best serve their community by fostering collaboration among the agencies involved with children who make allegations of abuse. They evaluate the allegation with regard to protective and safety concerns, mental health issues, medical treatment, and possible prosecution.
Incorporated in 1995, the Middlesex Children's Advocacy Center was a Charter Member of the National Children's Alliance (then known as the National Network of Children's Advocacy Centers). The National Children's Alliance (NCA) sets membership standards for accreditation to ensure that CACs provide high-quality services. The Middlesex Children's Advocacy Center was re-certified as an accredited member of the NCA in 2005.
CACs in Massachusetts are supported by the Massachusetts Children's Alliance (MACA), our NCA state chapter, to ensure that children and families have access to high quality, specialized CAC services. MACA is committed to strengthening collaboration, fostering systemic change to protect children, and promoting an environment where all children are treated with dignity and respect.