The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Reducing the trauma
to child abuse survivors

The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri serves children disclosing sexual abuse, physical abuse, and children who witness violence.


Saturday, April 29, 2023

Since opening our doors in 2000, our staff and community partners have been the front-line responders to reports of child abuse. Our organization exists to protect children, heal families and prevent abuse.

The primary goal of The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them. Services offered include forensic interviews, children and family advocacy, mental health therapy, and school and community-based prevention education programs.

The Facts

43,832Children received Prevention Education in 2021
The largest age group we saw for forensic interviews in 2021 was 7-12 years old.
In 2021, 889 of our cases involved sexual abuse.
In 2021 1,224 Children received forensic interviewed about alleged abuse​
In 2021 2,636 Adults received Prevention Education
90% of child sexual abuse is by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.
Children 3 years old and younger have the highest maltreatment rate.
Only 5% to 16% of child sexual abuse victims report and false allegations are rare
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center

How we help

The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO is here to allow children to share their experience of abuse or neglect in a child-friendly and non-threatening environment. At The Child Advocacy Center, we operate by what we call the Child First Doctrine; meaning that the child and their well-being is our first priority.

How You Can help

Investing in The Child Advocacy Center will transform the lives of children and families by providing hope and healing in their times of need. We invite you to support our mission of responding to child abuse to reduce trauma to children and their families.

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