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
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.