To promote Excellence in child abuse response and prevention through Training, Program Development, Advocacy and Leadership.
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas (CACKS) provides facilitation, support and collaborative leadership to the CACs in the state. Each CAC in Kansas is a nationally accredited independent entity, but all CACs share a common belief in our model: a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to child abuse is the most effective and most compassionate response to abused children. Accreditation Standards
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.
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 $4.5 million for the number of children served.
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:
A common, reliable, valid evaluation system to measure and report client outcomes