Our mission is to prevent and end child abuse in our community by providing education, safety, healing and justice.
Our vision is to be a community leader that helps all victims of child abuse access coordinated services. We envision a community in which children are respected and free from harm. We will coordinate medical, legal, educational and mental health services to promote safety, justice, healing and hope.
The Children's Advocacy Center ("CAC") model is based upon the fundamental premise that children have the right to be safe and protected from harm. Working in collaboration with the Child Abuse Unit of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, the CAC of Franklin County and the North Quabbin is dedicated to minimizing secondary trauma to child victims by streamlining the handling of cases of child sexual abuse, serious child physical abuse, and child exploitation. Our multi-disciplinary team approach reduces the number of investigative interviews and court appearances for the victim, allows for services to be more quickly and effectively coordinated for the victim and their non-offending family members, and ensures that the team has the appropriate information to reach a result in each case that is in the best interest of the child.