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

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