DSC_1392SCAN opened the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in 2004 to improve the region’s investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child sexual and severe physical abuse cases. November of 2014 marks the Center’s 10-year anniversary of serving children in the Greater Richmond area. Since SCAN opened the CAC in Old City Hall, it has served an ever growing number of children and families in need.

 

The CAC served 61 children during the 2004-2005 fiscal year.  During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the CAC served 535 children.  This increase is because the CAC is now used by more agencies and is therefore able to serve more victims of child abuse and/or neglect.

 

When it first opened in 2004, the CAC had established one Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).  The CAC now has five MDTs with partner agencies in the City of Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Louisa County and Prince George County.  In addition to using the CAC on a weekly basis to assist in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, these teams also meet on a monthly basis for case review, peer review and leadership team meetings. 

 

Because of these great partnerships, the CAC began outgrowing its office.  In early 2013, the landlord of SCAN’s main administrative office began looking for a new tenant for an adjacent building at 101 East Grace Street.  SCAN decided it was the right time and place to move the CAC.

 

The space will greatly increase the square footage of the CAC and improve the functionality of its operations.   The new location will feature more individual mental health therapy rooms, offices for full-time staff members, increased storage for files, a larger forensic interview room, a larger observation room and a larger play area for families and children.  The new location will also offer expanded meeting space for the MDT partners.  The ease and convenience of being located next door to SCAN’s main office is an added benefit. 

 

We are fortunate to have this new opportunity as it will allow SCAN to work more efficiently with our partners and to ultimately provide higher quality services to children and families in need.

 

Learn more about the Child Advocacy Center here.

 

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