Children's Advocacy Centers: Adapting the Model to the Community

  • Teresa M. Smith, Ph.D., LSW

    Child abuse cases are complex and require the involvement of many legal, judicial, medical and social systems.  A collaborative model was developed that engages all investigative, treatment and victim support services in a multidisciplinary approach.  Children's Advocacy Centers emphasize development as community-based and child-centered programs and encourage engagement by all team partners.