The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Our Services:

Child & Family Advocacy

Someone with you every step of the way.

How well a child copes following the disclosure of abuse has a lot to do with the support of the family. Our Child & Family Advocate plays a key role in helping both child victims and their families in the aftermath of a crisis and/or trauma.

Advocacy services are designed to help reduce trauma for the child and involved caregiver and to be on-going support for the child and family. Children and families participate in follow-up services which may include referrals for community support, assistance with navigating the criminal justice system, and crisis intervention services.

Assistance may include:

  • Crisis assessment and intervention
  • Safety planning and risk assessment
  • Assessment of individual and family needs
  • Therapy and/or medical referrals, if necessary
  • Education on access to victim’s rights and Crime Victim Compensation
  • Presence during the Forensic Interview preliminary and post-meeting
  • Provision of court education, tours, support, and accompaniment throughout the court process

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