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Establishing a CAC

Holding HandsStarting a CAC in your Community

The following is a checklist that has been developed by the National Children’s Alliance summarizing tasks that need to be completed in establishing a Children’s Advocacy Center.

  • Convene a working committee or task force of key individuals
  • Select leadership
  • Conduct a needs assessment of the extent of the problem in the community
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Determine CAC service population
  • Gather information on various CAC models
  • Select the CAC approach that best suits the community
  • Develop Interagency agreement and obtain agency commitment
  • Determine organizational structure
  • Determine which services will be offered on-site or through  referrals
  • Select site and design or acquire space for child-appropriate facility
  • Determine staffing needs and agency roles
  • Multidisciplinary team protocol development
  • Research potential sources of support

Any community in South Dakota that is interested in the development of a Children’s Advocacy Center should contact Chapter Coordinator, Casey Murschel via email or call (605) 951-5174.

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The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota

CACSD is a network of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.

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Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family – it may even save a child’s life. Learn more about reporting child abuse here.