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Child Advocacy CenterCentral Minnesota Child Advocacy Center

Our mission is to provide protection, advocacy, justice and healing for all child victims of abuse. The Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center serves children when there is a concern of child abuse to help 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.

Your Financial Support Can Help the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center!

Your gift will provide the following:

  • $5,000 - New beginnings for five abused children, including a high-quality forensic interview, family advocacy services, treatment referrals and a medical examination.
  • $1000 - A new beginning for one sexually abused child, including a high-quality forensic interview, family advocacy services, treatment referrals and a medical examination.
  • $500 - Educational materials for parents of sexually abused children.
  • $200 - Clothing available for children that are removed from their home the day of the visit.
  • $100 - New underwear for 50 sexually abused children.
  • $50 – Water bottle and a snack for 50 sexually abused children.
  • $20 – A gas station gift card to help a family that is struggling to get to important appointments.
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National Children's Alliance Accredited Member

Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center Earns Accreditation

The Child Advocacy Center is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance. The National Children’s Alliance is a nation-wide not-for-profit membership organization whose purpose is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. The NCA accredits Child Advocacy Centers based on nationally recognized standards.”

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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.

Meet the CAC Staff

Katie Boecker MS, LSW, LMFT Director
Katie Boecker MS, LSW, LMFT

Katie is the Director of the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She received her master’s degrees in School Counseling and Marriage and Family therapy from St. Cloud State University. Katie spent five years as a School Counselor. She was previously a Psychotherapist for St. Cloud Hospital for nine years, providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her specialty and experience has been in the treatment of trauma for children. Katie was hired as the Director of the Child Advocacy Center in February 2016. Katie is passionate about the CAC model that offers hope, healing, and support to child victims of abuse and their family. Katie enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with her husband and two children.

Geri Jacobson, MD Medical Director
Geri Jacobson, MD

Dr. Geri Jacobson is the Medical Director and one of the Medical Providers at the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Jacobson attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Jacobson worked for the Indian Health Service at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico for 11 years before moving back to Minnesota. She has worked for CentraCare Pediatrics since 2011 and works part time at the Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Jacobson is passionate about kids. She believes that every child deserves to be well cared for and loved. She enjoys the challenge of caring for kids, where her training and experience mean the most. Dr. Jacobson also enjoys reading, running and spending time with her family.

Cheyenne Orcutt, BS, LADCOperations Manager
Cheyenne Orcutt, BS, LADC

Cheyenne currently works as the Operations Manager at the Child Advocacy Center. Before becoming the operations manager, she was a Child & Family Advocate Specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency. Cheyenne is currently working on obtaining her master’s degree in Social Work. She worked as a Chemical Dependency case manager for over five years before coming to the Child Advocacy Center. She has a passion for helping families support their children and heal from the impacts of trauma. She also enjoys working with a large multidisciplinary team. Cheyenne likes spending time with her family, singing and being outdoors.

Tracy SchmidtPatient Navigator
Tracy Schmidt

Tracy Schmidt is the Patient Navigator for the Child Advocacy Center. Before Tracy came to the CAC, she worked in Pediatrics for CentraCare as an Administrative Assistant since 2004. As a witness and victim of abuse herself, she is passionate about her role here and helping children get the help they need to heal and to stop the cycle of abuse. Tracy enjoys spending time with her stepdaughter, traveling with friends and family, camping and winning stuff on the radio. She wears many hats here at the CAC.

Deb Schwiebert, RN, SANE-PRN Lead
Deb Schwiebert, RN, SANE-P

Deb Schwiebert is the SANE-P (Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) at the Central MN Child Advocacy Center. Deb obtained her nursing degree at St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids Iowa and is a licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota. She is a state and national chapter member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Prior to working for the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center, she was employed for over 25 years at a Child Advocacy Center in Iowa. Deb has always enjoyed working with children and their families and has a passion for caring for children who have experienced trauma. She enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her grandchildren and spending time on or near Minnesota lakes.

David A. Kruse, MDMedical Provider
David A. Kruse, MD

Dr. David Kruse is one of the Medical Providers at the Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Kruse specializes in pediatrics in child services for CentraCare. He has an interest in general pediatrics and sports medicine. Dr. Kruse completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also completed his medical education at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Kruse is a sports fan (particularly for the Iowa Hawkeyes). He enjoys cheering for his kids in their activities. He loves coaching them on the basketball court.

Kelly A Woods, CPNP/FNP-CMedical Provider
Kelly A Woods, CPNP/FNP-C

Kelly Woods is a Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner. Kelly Woods works part time at the Child Advocacy Center. Kelly received her BA Degree from the University of Minnesota in Sociology and Biology. While attending college, she worked as a victim advocate at the Sexual Violence Center at the University of Minnesota. Kelly went to graduate school at Case Western University FPB School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received her MSN in both Pediatric and Family Practice. Kelly has been in practice since 2004. She went into pediatrics to take care of and impact the health of children and loves what she does. Kelly enjoys exercising, running, sitting in the sun and being a hockey mom to her three sons.

Nikki Laudenbach, RNNurse
Nikki Laudenbach, RN

Nikki Laudenbach is a Registered Nurse at the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Nikki also went on to obtain a master’s degree in Nursing Education from Walden University. She has worked as a nurse in Pediatrics for over 10 years and a Nurse Instructor for the past four years. Nikki is passionate about her work and says that working in Pediatrics can be challenging but rewarding. She hopes that what we do for the children that come to the CAC will have a positive impact on their lives.

Monica Guggenberger, MS, LMFT Mental Health Professional
Monica Guggenberger, MS, LMFT

Monica majored in Psychology at St. Cloud State University and then went to grad school at North Dakota State University where she got her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently works at the Sartell Behavioral Health Clinic for CentraCare and see clients for individual psychotherapy. Monica sees children, teenagers and adults. She serves as the mental health professional as a part of the Multidisciplinary Team meetings for the Child Advocacy Center. She also receives referrals from the CAC for kids that may benefit from therapy who are not already working with a therapist. Monica has three kids of her own (all girls), who keep her very busy! Her life outside of work is full of dance, dolls, music and playing house! She also is an avid reader and loves spending time outside.

Kia KraftChild and Family Advocate
Kia Kraft, LSW

Kia Kraft is a Child and Family Advocate at the Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Prior to working at the CAC, Kia worked as a case manager in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Kia enjoys being outside camping, hiking and backpacking and spending time with her family.

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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

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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