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301 N.W. F Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 474-5186
Fax: (541) 474-5181
Contact: James Goodwin
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Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Children’s Advocacy Center

The Josephine County Children’s Advocacy Center was established in 1989 in response to a community need for a coordinated systems approach to serving victims of child abuse in Josephine County. As a pilot program for the state of Oregon, the CAC uses a multi-disciplinary team approach to child abuse investigations. The CAC works closely with law enforcement agencies, Department of Human Services/Child Welfare, the District Attorney’s Office and other child-serving agencies to help ensure every child receives individualized care to lessen systemic trauma.
 

Services provided by the CAC

Forensic Interviews

The CAC provides video-recorded forensic interviews of children by a specially trained forensic interviewer. This service includes:
  • Referrals from law enforcement and DHS/Child Welfare
  • Expert testimony in criminal proceedings
  • Forensic interviews that follow the “Child First” protocol for ages 3-17

Family and Victim Advocacy

When a child has been interviewed at the CAC, they receive follow-up services from a victim advocate. These service includes:
  • Meeting with family at the time of the interview to provide information and support
  • Therapy referrals to a trauma-trained mental health provider
  • Providing education regarding victim rights and compensation
  • Connecting families to community resources and assistance as needed

Forensic Medical Exams

Forensic exams are conducted by a specially trained provider in a child-friendly setting and document evidence of abuse to ensure justice for a child.

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