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

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