What Do We Do?
NMCAC's core service is to provide a multidisciplinary response to cases involving a child victim. A typical case might involve multiple law enforcement agencies, state child protective services, the court(s), school(s), medical and mental health providers. NMCAC strives to align these parties and interests into a comprehensive child-focused process that ensures children are given a proper interview, advocacy and treatment.
Put simply, the NMCAC makes sure no child gets lost in the aftermath of child abuse and neglect.
All services are offered free of charge.
A victim advocate is available to meet with caregivers at the time of the initial interview at the Center and is available to provide support, make referrals, and provide follow-up services to families throughout the investigation process.
The Children's Assessment Center has a Master's level counselor who provides counseling sessions to children who were interviewed at the Center. Counseling services are also available to non-offending family members. The number of sessions that a child qualifies is unlimited, and all sessions are free of charge.
A specially trained interviewer interviews children in a non-suggestive manner to gather information regarding suspected abuse. Team members (Law Enforcement & Children's Protective Services) observe the interview in a separate room through a recording system to minimize added trauma, ensuring a fully admissible coordinated interview that reduces the number of times a child must be interviewed.
A noninvasive medical exam is offered at the CAC to children who come through the Center. The exam consists of a basic well-child exam with the addition of a specialized, non-invasive sexual abuse exam.
The medical evaluation also provides children (and caregivers) an opportunity to ask questions about their bodies. Children often need the reassurance that their body is okay after sexual abuse has occurred.
"It's the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it."