The Monroe County Child advocacy Center (CAC) mission is to minimize trauma and increase the safety of sexually and physically abused children and their family in a child-friendly environment through a coordinated team of experts functioning with a dual purpose of seeking justice and providing care and treatment under a standardized protocol. The Center was established with due consideration given to the best practices identified by President George W. Bush’s 2003 Family Justice Center Initiative and the State of Michigan Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice. Research has shown that consolidating services for abused children and their families decrease the trauma experienced therefore, all forensic interviews are performed at the CAC by a trained forensic interviewer. Moreover, a Master’s prepared Board certified pediatric forensic nurse examiner, conducts chronic and acute medical forensic exams. Additionally, counseling services are available through referral within the local hospital campus. Consequently, travel by the children and their families are not required for these services, thereby ensuring retention throughout the evidence collection, medical treatment, investigation, and healing process. Annually, over 200 children are seen at the Center for various forms of abuse and neglect.
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