About Us

The Heart To Heal

The Heart To Heal

The children and families we serve are our inspiration. Abuse, neglect, and exploitation take place behind closed doors and often under secretive and threatening circumstances. The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County is on the frontline – opening doors and coordinating the healing process for what has happened behind the closed doors. As the centralized resource for child abuse victims and their caregivers, our multidisciplinary approach helps families address the overwhelming maze of services. With developmental and cultural sensitivity to the needs of each child, support services are provided by well-trained professionals in the following areas:

  • Child Family Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement Investigation
  • Child Protective Services
  • Medical and Mental Health Care Evaluations and Therapy
  • Prosecution/Child in Need of Care Case Management

This approach provides abused children and their caregivers a sense of security as they are rescued from their trauma and find hope for a future beyond the pain and suffering from the abuse.

Embracing Change

The CACSC is committed to on-going organizational development in all areas of our work. Assessing and improving our services is done with one primary goal in mind – providing an environment in which the children who need us can feel protected, nurtured, and fortified in their ability to heal from their trauma.

Our current targets in achieving this goal include:

  • Implementing new procedures and protocols with evidence-based best practices in caring for abused children
  • Increasing public awareness and education about abuse, neglect, and trafficking, and about the services provided by the CACSC
  • Identifying and collaborating with additional community partners who are involved in services to abused children and their families
  • Developing and implementing a long-range and annual fund sustainability plan

Our History

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County has been at the national front of child protection since the development of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit in 1985, a coordinated investigative process involving the Department for Children and Families Child Protective Services workers and detectives from the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. City, county, state, private and non-profit agencies have longstanding working relationships in providing services for the victims of child abuse and neglect in Sedgwick County. These cooperative relationships marked the beginning of a multidisciplinary approach to abuse, neglect and trafficking, and were identified as a strength in our community.

As the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) concept was developed and studied, it became apparent that a multi-agency, multidisciplinary system was the most effective approach to child abuse investigations and treatment. Leaders from the community and our partner agencies began the process of bringing the CAC model to Wichita, creating a task force which took the lead in developing plans for our center:

  • Visits were made to CACs across the country, providing guidance on best practices and efficient use of space.
  • An architectural firm was involved in developing initial plans, which included interviews and discussions with members of all partner agencies.
  • Research within our community provided ideas about effective and practical locations in the city.
  • Partner agencies committed to memoranda of agreement and the CACSC was moving forward.

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1211 S. Emporia Ave.
Wichita, KS 67211-3211
Phone: (316) 660-9494

If you suspect
child abuse
or neglect
Call
911
or
1-800-922-5330

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