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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.

  • Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health
  • Stright Hall, Room 107E
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4405
  • Fax: 724-357-3944
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  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
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