Assessment, Advocacy and Treatment
The Children's Advocacy Center is a place where professionals — such as police officers, the Florida Department of Children and Families, school officials, nurses and doctors — jointly investigate and protect victims of our community’s more serious child abuse cases. Children are able to tell their stories in a family-friendly location with the chance they deserve to heal from abuse.
The program's main goals are to prevent the re-victimization of children, ensure abused children get mental health counseling to heal, and effectively prosecute perpetrators of child abuse. The Child Advocacy Center has served cases involving:
- Child sexual abuse
- Child deaths
- Shaken babies
- Broken bones
Personal Child Advocates
To ensure each child is helped according to his or her specific needs, a personal child advocate is provided to guide families through the entire process. From the beginning of the abuse investigation to prosecution of the offender, the child advocate helps:
- Alleviate the crisis faced by the child and the child's family
- Link the family with specialized counseling services
- Provide a feeling of safety for the child
When Abuse Occurs
To report suspected child abuse, call 800.96.ABUSE or your local law enforcement.