OCAS Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs)
Oregon’s centers minimize trauma for children when there are concerns of abuse. Centers are nonprofits, often situated in a trauma-informed, child-friendly environment which helps children feel safe and comfortable. Centers employ child abuse medical professionals, forensic interviewers, prevention educators, family advocates, and therapists.
By partnering with child welfare, law enforcement, medical, and mental health providers, centers help families through investigations without requiring them to travel to traumatic places like emergency rooms and police stations. CACs help ensure collaborative response and reduce the number of times children have to talk about their abuse.