As advocates, our Center's mission is to work with children and their families to connect them to the resources in the community and to be a support system. Advocates are equipped to work with the family and to walk with them throughout the entirety of their case, and to be a comforting and knowledgeable presence by their side as they navigate the criminal justice system.
Caregivers will have the opportunity to sit with their assigned Advocate to discuss child and family history, needs, questions, concerns, and more.
Advocates and Mental Health staff are trained and available during business hours to work with the child and family during times of crisis to de-escalate, stabilize, and refer to further treatment.
Periodic contact is made with each family by assigned Advocate, and CAC staff are open and available for contact or questions during operating business hours.
Working with the prosecutor's office and mental health staff, Advocates help the child and family feel comfortable and prepared for any upcoming court hearings.
Advocates work as a support person for court accompaniment such as criminal, juvenile, and order of protection court hearings.
A needs assessment is done with every family that is seen at the Center, and the Advocate works to connect those needs with appropriate and available resources in the community.