IF YOU SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, PLEASE CALL THE ARKANSAS CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE 1.844.SAVE.A.CHILD OR 1.800.482.5964

What is a CAC?

CAC Defined:

A Child Advocacy Center, CAC, is a community-based facility which uses a multidisciplinary approach to reduce trauma to child victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect. Collaboration exists between medical, mental health, prosecutorial, child protective service, and law enforcement in an effort to serve the best interests of young victims.

The Mission:

Protecting Arkansas’s children by investing in Child Advocacy Centers in our state.

Services provided come at no cost to victims or their families.


The Problem: Over 35,000 child abuse cases investigated in Arkansas.


Our Approach


Forensic Interviews

Forensic Interviews

  • Trained Interviewer
  • Accepted best practices
  • Better disclosures
  • Higher conviction rates
  • Team work
  • Digital recording
  • Reduced number of interviews

Family Advocacy

Family Advocacy

  • Introduction to the process
  • Family support
  • Guide through investigation
  • Extensive follow up
  • Court Preparation
  • Connection to services
    • Mental Health
    • Food, Shelter, Clothing
    • Legal
    • Immigration

Community Awareness & Education

Community Awareness & Education

  • Mandated Reporter trainings
  • Prevention
  • Body Safety
  • Internet Safety
  • Churches, child care facilities, schools

Mental Health Program

Mental Health Program

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Long-term trauma-informed treatment
  • Evidenced-based practices
  • Reduces the long-term effect of traumatic experiences
  • CAC children are TWICE as likely to receive mental health services.

Medical Exams

Medical Exams

  • Specialized exams for child abuse
  • Ensures health and safety of a child
  • Collect important evidence
  • Reassure children and their caregivers
  • Providers with child abuse expertise (SANEs)
  • CAC children are 4x more likely to receive a medical exam.

We Don't Fight Alone

We don't fight alone

  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Local Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • DHS - Department of Children and Family Services
  • Arkansas State Police
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Specialized Medical Professionals
  • Juvenile Court Systems
  • Community Partners
  • FBI
  • Military Investigators


Funding Sources

  • State Funding
  • Arkansas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Federal Grants– Victims of Crime Act
  • Local Grants – United Way and Foundations
  • National Children’s Alliance Grant
  • Crime Victims Reparations
  • Individual Donations
  • Organized Fundraisers