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.
Sedgwick County has been at the national forefront of child protection since the development of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit (EMCU) over 20 years ago. City, County, State, private and nonprofit agencies have longstanding cooperative working relationships to provide services for the victims of child abuse. This cooperative relationship marked the beginning of a multidisciplinary approach and was identified as strength in the community. To enhance this strength, Community leaders recognized service providers could be further unified by following what is known as the Child Advocacy Center model.
In March 2006, a task force of representatives from agencies devoted to protecting the safety and welfare of children was established. The task force researched the philosophy and practical application of this model by touring existing Child Advocacy Centers across the nation and consulting with their staff. After a little over a year of information gathering, the task force formally announced the future development of the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County.
Once committed the partner agencies quickly moved into the development phase -
- Received Governor's grant for developing child advocacy centers
- Recognized as a Kansas non-profit business entity
- Granted IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status
- Executive Director named after a nation-wide search
- On-line community survey completed with WSU's Center for Community Support and Research's help
- Held 1st Annual Snowflake fundraiser
- Awarded Associate status from the National Children's Alliance (NCA)
- Installation of representatives from the community on the Board of Directors
- Grant funded purchase of state-of-art video recording system for forensic interviews
- Wesley Hospital links with CAC to hold "Photos with Santa" fundraiser
- WSU business students organize fundraising event "Finn's (Bar) for a Cause" with support of Old Town business owner, Greg Finley
- Sedgwick County awards funding to CAC
- Multidisciplinary Team Staffings begin
- Grant funded purchase & implementation of NCAtrak statistical tracking system
- Local restaurants, On The Border (west Wichita) and Linkhaus, offer fundraising events for CAC
The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County continues to work toward the creation of a child-focused facility with a co-located multidisciplinary team of service providers through fundraising efforts, exploration of potential building sites, continued organizational development which includes implementation of new procedures and protocols.
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.