At the Children’s Advocacy Center, we know that how well a child will do after they disclose abuse has a lot to do with the support of the non-offending family members and caregivers. When that support does not exist, children can often suffer long-term emotional consequences.
Our family advocates play a key role in helping to support the child victim and the non-offending family members and/or caregivers throughout the investigation and prosecution of the case. The job of the family advocate is to listen and support in whatever way possible and to seek out information and resources.
At the Children’s Advocacy Center, we believe that family members can be successful when they:
• have someone to talk to.
• know what will be happening next and when.
• are treated as a person respectfully — not ignored and not invisible.
• are able to regain control of their life.
• have access to information about protection orders, shelter care, domestic violence, counseling and any other needed services.
The Children’s Advocacy Center works in collaboration with Las Familias, and has a crisis counselor on-site for immediate support. This licensed therapist is available to work with families up to ten sessions to assess the current crisis state, and help ensure stability. This service creates a bridge between immediate crisis and a referral to long-term counseling and/or additional on-going support services.