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Child Advocacy CenterCentral Minnesota Child Advocacy Center

The Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center serves children when there is a concern of child abuse. It helps preserve the dignity and spirit of the child by supporting, advocating for and educating families.

  • A child-friendly place established to put a child's interest first.
  • A comforting environment.
  • A room for a family to meet with the Child & Family Advocate.
  • A forensic interview room.
  • The medical exam room.

A team of individuals with backgrounds in child abuse investigations work together to help ensure that children and their families get access to appropriate medical and mental health services right away. This multidisciplinary team approach was established to place the child's interest first and to ensure that they receive supportive care through the entire process.

Services offered (regardless of the ability to pay):

  • Forensic Interviews: a trained interviewer will listen and obtain factual information from the child.
  • Medical Evaluations: trauma-informed medical evaluations completed at the CAC.
  • Mental Health Services: trauma-focused mental health services and resources are available.
  • Advocacy: an advocate will provide education, support and connect the family to local resources.

Why Child Advocacy Centers Matter?

Information courtesy of the National Children's Advocacy Center

  • Help Child Victims Heal: Children are four times more likely to receive medical exams and mental health treatment.
  • Efficiency: Provide significant higher rates of coordinated investigations.
  • Hold Offenders Accountable: 94 percent conviction rates are carried forward.
  • Saves Money: It saves court, child prosecution and investigative dollars averaging $1,000 per child abuse case.

In the News

Goal: Minimize trauma in child abuse investigations — November 19, 2016

Grant to fund child advocacy center — October 21, 2015

For More Information

Contact the Child Advocacy Center at 320-229-5105.

Mailing Address:

Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center
166 19th St. S, Ste. 202
Sartell, MN 56377

For Donations:

Reach Program Director, Katie Boecker at the phone number above. 

Finding a Child Advocacy Center

For information regarding any of Minnesota’s Child Advocacy Center’s, please visit the Minnesota Children’s Alliance website.

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