The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Our Services:

What we Do

The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri is here to allow children to share their experiences 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.

The Child Advocacy Center provides services to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. We are committed to making our services and offices accessible to you. Please talk with your Child & Family Advocate if you require special accommodations or have any difficulty accessing our services.

The primary goal of The Child Advocacy Center 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 Center’s service area includes 14 counties: St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Marion, Monroe, Shelby, Lewis, Clark, Knox, Scotland, and Schuyler.  The main office is located in Wentzville, MO with another office located in Hannibal, MO, and a satellite office in Memphis, MO.

We are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance which means our centers adhere to the highest standards of practice for child advocacy centers in the nation.

The Facts

In 2022, we provided sexual abuse prevention education to 50,870 children
In 2022, 1,110 children received forensic interviews about alleged abuse.
In 2022, 792 of our forensic interviews involved sexual abuse.
60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell.
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.
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center