What is a Children's Advocacy Center?
A Children's Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility that offers a nurturing, supportive environment for child victims of sexual and physical abuse as well as human trafficking, and their non-offending caregivers. The mission is to minimize any additional trauma to a child through coordination of a variety of important services at one location to meet the needs of the child. This remains possible through the collaborative efforts of various professionals who intervene when a child discloses abuse. The goal is to promote justice and healing.
The Mission of the Gateway Children's Advocacy Center is to coordinate services to child sexual and physical abuse as well as human trafficking victims in the Gateway area in a safe and nurturing environment where trauma is lessened and healing is enhanced.