Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee (CACAC)
The Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee (CACAC) was recently established by Act 28 of 2014 to advise the Commission on the development and promotion of programs and projects related to children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and multidisciplinary investigative teams (MDITs). CACAC was also directed by the act to advise the Commission in the distribution of grants to support both existing and developing CACs and MDITs throughout the Commonwealth.
CACs provide state-of-the-art treatment for the victims of child sexual abuse and child abuse. They coordinate medical care, treatment and other social services for victims while gathering evidence, through age-appropriate forensic interviewing and other methods employed by MDITs, to build an effective case against the alleged offender. By bringing medical professionals, social workers, prosecutors and police who specialize in child sexual abuse together under one roof, CACs are the most effective way to bring a perpetrator to justice.
The CACAC is comprised of a variety of experts representing the office of district attorney, children and youth services, child advocacy centers, state and municipal police, victim services, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and hospital administrators. All of the members of the committee have experience in the multidisciplinary investigation of child abuse through the operation of a CAC.
The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee (CACAC) is to support the enhancement and establishment of children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary investigative teams throughout this Commonwealth in order to promote prevention, treatment and justice for victims of child sexual abuse and child abuse.
Field Center Report
On May 15, 2014, Debra Shilling Wolfe of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ms. Richa Ranade presented their report to the CACAC on “Child Advocacy Center Statewide Plan Development: Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” The report was commissioned by PCCD to meet the requirements of House Resolution 45, which directed PCCD to conduct a study of the current location of CACs in PA and make recommendations for additional locations. The study can be found here: PCCD Report Statewide CAC Plan (PDF)
The Endowment Act, or Act
1 of 2013, directs PCCD to expend the monetary penalty imposed on the Pennsylvania
State University (PSU) by the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) to
aid the victims of child sexual abuse in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. More information about PCCD's role in implementing the Act
can be found on our Endowment
Act webpage or our Annual Reports (see sidebar above).