The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Our Services:


Therapeutic Services allow children to process their experience in a safe, supportive environment. Children participate in evidence based, trauma informed therapy modalities to reduce the harmful effects of the trauma they have experienced. While working with their therapist, children develop healthy coping skills, gain self-confidence, learn to understand and effectively express emotions, and are able to identify and draw on their own strengths to leave them better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

Children between the age of 2 and 18 who have experienced a trauma may be referred for therapy. In addition, anyone in the child’s immediate family and touched by the trauma are also eligible for services.

Specialized therapy services available include:

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • ITCT: Integrative Treatment for Complex Trauma
  • TF-CBT: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • AF-CBT: Alternative for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • TGCT-A: Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels its effects. We know that caring, supportive adults in a child’s life can lessen the impact. The Child Advocacy Center aims to restore hope in families and empower children by helping them feel seen and heard, learn how to cope with scary thoughts and intense feelings, build resilience, and be around adults who understand the effects of trauma on a young person’s life.

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