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Child Advocacy Center

Child Advocacy Center: Information for Referral Sources and Professionals

Central Minnesota Child Advocacy CenterA Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, child-friendly environment for interviews and medical evaluations for children and their families who may have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, sexual exploitation or witnessed a violent crime. Historically, children who were victims of abuse were shuffled from agency to agency.

Today, the CAC model brings the system to the child. The Central Minnesota Child Advocacy Center, located in Sartell, offers a “one-stop approach” to children and their families. The multidisciplinary team includes: law enforcement officers, victims’ advocates, medical providers, mental health professionals, prosecuting attorneys and child protection workers.

Learn more about how the CAC is working to make the process better for kids who need help for abuse. Download the following handout. (PDF)

For more helpful information, view our Reporting Abuse page.


Local Level:

  • In 2017, Stearns County Human Services received 2021 reports of child maltreatment.
  • In the same year, Benton County received 775 reports of child maltreatment. Of those, 120 involved an allegation of sexual abuse.

State Level:

  • In 2016, Child Protection agencies in Minnesota received 75,624 reports of child maltreatment. This is a 11% increase in one year (compared to 2015).
  • These reports involved 4,966 victims of child sexual abuse, 16,109 victims of physical abuse, and 24,185 victims of neglect.

National Level:

  • 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by age 18.
  • There are 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States.
  • 90% of abused children know their abuser.



Upcoming Events

Upcoming & Ongoing Training

Upcoming Training:

MSSA Annual Training Conference and Expo
March 20-22, 2019
Minneapolis, MN
Register Here

Basic Sexual Assault Investigators — One Day training
Apple Valley Community Center
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 — 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Apple Valley, MN
Register Here

Trauma Informed Intervention During Domestic/Sexual Violence Community Collaboration and Response”
College of Saint Benedict
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 — 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
St. Joseph, MN
Download More Information (PDF)

Child Abuse Summit: Tips from the Team
Minneapolis Airport Marriott
Wednesday, April 24 - Friday, April 26
Bloomington, MN
Register Here

MACMH Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
April 28-30, 2019
Duluth, MN
Register Here

Ongoing Training:

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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