The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to providing a safe environment for child victims of abuse. The Children's Advocacy Center's goal is to investigate and help successfully prosecute offenders of child abuse without causing further trauma to the child victim. The Advocacy Center is dedicated to approaching victims of child abuse in a sensitive, respectful manner. A child victim is defined as anyone from birth to eighteen years of age. The Center will provide services to individuals beyond age eighteen when special circumstances (i.e. developmental disability) require special handling of a victim.
The staff of the Children's Advocacy Center work diligently to provide the following services to child victims, their non-offending family members and the community at large:
Investigations of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse allegations
Court advocacy and crisis intervention
Referrals to area agencies and/or private therapists for on-going counseling needs
Assistance to local police departments
Coordinate specialized medical examinations
A Speaker's Bureau, offering presentations and trainings to interested agencies, civic groups, etc.