What We Do
The CAC utilizes a nationally acclaimed, research and evidence-based, forensic interviewing model in which all interviews are conducted by trained forensic interviewers. The overarching goal is to minimize the trauma to child victims by avoiding multiple interviews with children. Interviews are conducted in a child-friendly environment by trained professionals in a manner that is legally sound. If a forensic medical exam is warranted, the exam will be conducted on-site by a Pediatric or Adult/Adolescent Trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
Without effective therapeutic intervention, many traumatized children will suffer ongoing or long term adverse social, emotional, and developmental outcomes that may impact them throughout their lives. Providing evidence-based, trauma-focused therapy for all victims and/or non-offending caregivers, regardless of pay, is essential to reduce the impacts of trauma and minimize the risk of future abuse. Victim advocacy is also essential to linking victims with community-based resources to facilitate the healing process.
To facilitate a multi-disciplinary team and coordinated systems approach to child abuse investigations which ensures that systems designed to protect children are able to do so effectively.
Through a partnership with Troup Family Connections Authority, Inc. and the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, we launched Darkness to Light (D2L) in July 2013. D2L is a Georgia Stewards for Children Initiative, an evidence-based, child sexual abuse prevention program designed to educate adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. For additional information, please call McKenzie Jackson, D2L Facilitator at 706.298.0050, Ext. 1072.
The CAC was established in 2002 in response to a community need for a coordinated systems approach to serving victims of child abuse within the Coweta Judicial Circuit. With the support of the District Attorney’s Office, the CAC opened its doors in early 2003, and has since served as a resource bringing together child welfare stakeholders and agencies as a multi-disciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse investigations. Since opening our doors, we have served hundreds of children (18 years of age and younger) who have been victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse, child victims who have been commercially and sexually exploited, and children who have been a witness to homicide or other violent crime.
The CAC is fully accredited through National Children’s Alliance(NCA) and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, Inc.(CACGA). These accreditations ensure that evidence-based best practices are being met and that victims are served in the most effective child and family-focused systems response possible.
Through a partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the CAC is part of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Network, one of the leading and most comprehensive telemedicine networks in the nation.
This program is supported in part by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and the Department of Human Services through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
As part of Twin Cedars, Children’s Advocacy Center of Troup County is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Referrals are accepted only through the Department of Family and Children Services and/or law enforcement.
CAC of Troup County
701 Lincoln St.
P.O. Box 1526
LaGrange, GA 30241
Kim Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org