The children and families we serve are our inspiration. Abuse, neglect, and exploitation take place behind closed doors and often under secretive and threatening circumstances. The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County is on the frontline – opening doors and coordinating the healing process for what has happened behind the closed doors. As the centralized resource for child abuse victims and their caregivers, our multidisciplinary approach helps families address the overwhelming maze of services. With developmental and cultural sensitivity to the needs of each child, support services are provided by well-trained professionals in the following areas:
This approach provides abused children and their caregivers a sense of security as they are rescued from their trauma and find hope for a future beyond the pain and suffering from the abuse.
The CACSC is committed to on-going organizational development in all areas of our work. Assessing and improving our services is done with one primary goal in mind – providing an environment in which the children who need us can feel protected, nurtured, and fortified in their ability to heal from their trauma.
Our current targets in achieving this goal include:
Sedgwick County has been at the national front of child protection since the development of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit in 1985, a coordinated investigative process involving the Department for Children and Families Child Protective Services workers and detectives from the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. City, county, state, private and non-profit agencies have longstanding working relationships in providing services for the victims of child abuse and neglect in Sedgwick County. These cooperative relationships marked the beginning of a multidisciplinary approach to abuse, neglect and trafficking, and were identified as a strength in our community.
As the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) concept was developed and studied, it became apparent that a multi-agency, multidisciplinary system was the most effective approach to child abuse investigations and treatment. Leaders from the community and our partner agencies began the process of bringing the CAC model to Wichita, creating a task force which took the lead in developing plans for our center: