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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington

cacwa-2Last year over 6,300 children were seen by Child Advocacy Centers in Washington State. Eighty-one percent (81%) of those children were impacted by sexual or physical abuse and 70% of those children were under the age of twelve.2015 CACWA

Child Advocacy Centers (CAC’s) are healing places to reduce the trauma for young victims of violence and sexual abuse. CAC’s offer a one-stop caring, protective environment where children feel safe to tell their stories – just once- to physicians, police, counselors, and expert professionals who care, who can help stop their abuse, and begin their process of healing and bring justice.

CAC’s bring a multidisciplinary team together to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. Guiding a family from crisis to hope, and help them navigate the complex criminal justice and child welfare system is an important outcome that CAC’s provide.

The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington is the state-wide organization that supports Child Advocacy Centers through funding, training and technical assistance, and development of new CAC’s. We, and local CAC’s, are accredited through the National Children’s Alliance to assure the highest standard of care is provided to victims. There are currently 15 accredited CAC’s in our state and 3 CAC’s that are seeking national accreditation at this time. There are 8 communities where an interest to operate and serve children through a multidisciplinary team has been expressed. There is an organization in each of these 8 developing areas wanting to support the development of a CAC. These organizations must meet national accreditation standards before state and federal funding is fully available.  State employee donations will be used to support these eight centers so they will become a fully accredited center and be able to provide the one-stop caring place for children who are victims of sexual assault.

CFD Charity Code # 1479419

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