The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County is founded on the belief that no single agency or professional alone can serve and treat child abuse -- a multidisciplinary team response is necessary.

Our History and Our Future

History of the CACSC:

2006

  • Task force of representatives from agencies devoted to protecting the safety and well-being of children was established
  • Task Force toured multiple CAC's across the nation

2007

  • Received Governor's grant for developing a child advocacy center
  • Recognized as a Kansas non-profit business entity

2008

  • Executive Director named after a nation-wide search
  • Granted IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status
  • Community survey completed with help from WSU's Center for Community Support and Research
  • Hired Executive Assistant
  • Annual Snowflake fundraiser was created and initiated

2009

  • Awarded Associate member status from the National Children's Alliance
  • Community representatives are added to the current Board of Directors
  • Grant funds awarded to purchase state-of the art video recording system for forensic interviews
  • Wesley Medical Center coordinates with the CACSC to hold "Photos with Santa" fundraiser
  • Clinician from COMCARE is housed at CACSC to provide mental health services on-site

2010

  • Sedgwick County awards funding to CACSC
  • City of Wichita provides money to CACSC to help support service delivery
  • Community partners begin to meet regularly as a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to review active cases of child abuse
  • Grant awarded for purchase and implementation of NCAtrak statistical tracking system
  • Local restaurants, On the Border (west) and Linkhaus, offer fundraising events
  • Hired Robert Swanson and Swanson House to complete a needs assessment prior to a capital campaign

2011

  • Child Family Advocate Coordinator joins CACSC staff ensuring advocacy for clients & caregivers
  • Cox Communications pledges money to help support and continue the work of the CACSC
  • Oprah Winfrey interviews Wichita child abuse survivors & case investigators, CACSC Executive Director serves as a consultant
  • Community supports CACSC Heroes Dinner
  • Grant funding received to hire a Program Manager
  • Held fundraiser at a $1.5 million home - Change A Child's Life: Everyone Deserves a Safe Home
  • Junior League of Wichita selects CACSC as a grant recipient and begins Smiles and Tiles Project
  • Hired Robert Swanson and Swanson House as capital campaign counsel
  • Officially started the silent phase of the capital campaign

2012

  • 1st annual Changing A Child's Life Golf Tournament is held at the Wichita Country Club
  • Child & Family Therapist was hired for on-site therapy for children and non-offending caregivers
  • Executive Assistant title change to Business Manager
  • Received full Accreditation member status from the National Children's Alliance

2013

  • Received grant to hire a part-time Child Family Advocate
  • 2nd Annual Changing a Child's Life Golf Tournament at the Wichita Country Club - doubled the number of sponsor involvement from last year
  • 1st Annual Heroes Gala held at the Scottish Rite
  • Purchased former Lincoln Elementary School building for future program growth and development

2014

  • Formally announced the Comprehensive Capital Campaign
  • Held 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at the Wichita Country Club and 2nd Annual Heroes Gala at the Scottish Rite Center
  • Capital Campaign--Mabee Challenge Grant met
  • Received $1 million from Sedgwick County for the capital campaign
  • Demolition on the building started

2015

  • Held 4th Annual Changing a Child's Life Golf Tournament at Willowbend Golf Club
  • 3rd Annual Heroes Gala was held at the Scottish Rite Center
  • Received funding sources to add three new positions - Full time Child Family Advocate, Therapist, and a Development Manager
  • Continued to receive donations toward the Capital Campaign
  • Renovations on the new CACSC building began

2016

  • Capital Campaign officially has met and exceeded its goal
    • Started as a $4.5 million goal
    • Increased to a $6.5 million goal
    • Increased to a $7 million goal
    • Reached $7,565,000 to close out the campaign
  • 5th Annual Changing a Child's Life Golf Tournament at Willowbend Golf Club
  • Moved to new facility
  • Held open house
  • Held 4th Annual Heroes Gala at the Scottish Rite Center

2017

  • 6th Annual Changing a Child's Life Golf Tournament at Willowbend Golf Club
  • Bi-lingual Advocate was hired
  • 6th Annual Heroes Gala will be held on November 3rd, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Center

2018

  • 7th Annual Changing A Child's Life Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 7th, 2018 at Willowbend Golf Club

The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County receives grant funding through the Kansas Governor's Grants Program. The contents of this publication are those of the CACSC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.