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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington

Last year over 6,100 children were seen by Child Advocacy Centers in Washington State; 86% of those children were impacted by sexual or physical abuse and 72% of those children were under the age of twelve.

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 this 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.2015 CACWA

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 providing serves in 32 counties. There are 7 communities wanting to develop a CAC to serve children. These 7 communities must develop a CAC that meets national accreditation 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.

Please consider your donation for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington; CFD Charity Code # 1479419 www.cacwa.org

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