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

22,308Children received Prevention Education in 2020
The largest age group we saw for forensic interviews in 2020 was 7-11 years old.
In 2020, 55.4% of our forensic interviews were female, 44.4% were male, .2% were undisclosed.
In 2020 926 Children interviewed about alleged abuse​
In 2020 2,689 Adults received Prevention Education
90% of child sexual abuse is by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before they turn 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