What to Expect When Coming to the CAC
The Children’s Advocacy Center: The Emmy Haney House (CAC) is a child-focused place where families meet with professionals in the field of child abuse investigations. Services such as forensic interviews, medical exams, and therapy are offer free of charge here to reduce the trauma experienced by kids who may have been abused. The CAC is a child-friendly facility that is a positive alternative to taking your child to various different places to meet with law enforcement, the Department of Children’s Services, medical personnel or others.
Our goal is to make sure you and your child are as comfortable and supported as possible throughout this process. Our building is a friendly and comfortable place that is set up similarly to your pediatrician’s office so that you and your child feel at ease.
It is often helpful for a child to be prepared by their caregiver to come to the CAC by providing some basic information. You may tell your child he or she is coming to a nice place to talk to nice people whose job is to keep kids safe. Give your child enough notice so they don’t feel surprised by the appointment, but don’t give them so long a period of time that they worry or overly anticipate their visit. It is helpful to emphasize the importance of telling the truth, but it is imperative that you don’t question your child about specific allegations or coach your child about what to say.
If you are scheduled to come to the CAC, please arrive on time and come prepared to complete necessary paperwork. Most families who come for their first appointment at the CAC are here two or three hours. When you arrive, you will be greeted by friendly faces, and will be shown to a family room with toys and games to put your child at ease. CAC staff and professionals from the Department of Children’s Services and/or law enforcement will meet with you here to help you understand the process, answer your questions, and make you as comfortable as possible.