How CAC’s Help

What We Do

Each year, more than 4,100 children walk through the doors of a Kansas CAC and receive child-centered investigative interviews, specialized therapeutic services and specialized medical evaluations on-site or through local partners. CAC Advocates deliver education, crisis intervention and on-going support to non-offending caregivers to aid them in resolving the abuse crisis.

CACs Make a Difference

CACs improve the protection response to abused children

Child abuse cases handled through a CAC are better coordinated between law enforcement and child protection services, compared to a traditional investigation. More children involved with a CAC receive specialized medical evaluations and are referred to appropriate mental health services. Parents and caregivers of children served by CACs are more satisfied with the investigation process. [1]

CACs Save Money

CACs save approximately $1,000 per case in services to children and families during the course of a child abuse investigation. Traditional investigations are 36% more expensive than a CAC-coordinated response. In Kansas, that savings translates to $3.5 million for the number of children served. [2]

Kansas CAC Outcomes

The majority of CACs in Kansas participate in a statewide, universal Outcomes Measurement System using valid, reliable survey instruments to measure multiple indicators related to two critical outcomes:

  1.  The Children’s Advocacy Center facilitates healing for the child and the caregivers.
  2. The multidisciplinary (MDT) approach results in more collaborative and efficient case investigations.

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[1] Multi-site Evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers (2006). Researchers: Cross, T., Jones, L. et. al. Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire. [2] Cost-Benefit Analysis of Community Responses to Child Maltreatment. Researchers: Shadoin, A, Formby, J. National Children’s Advocacy Center and University of Alabama.

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