Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

The Klingberg Children’s Advocacy Center (“KCAC”) is the hub of a multidisciplinary partnership between professionals that investigates allegations of child abuse and exploitation in a child-friendly, developmentally and clinically appropriate, and culturally sensitive manner. Our multidisciplinary team (“MDT”) approach reduces the number of investigative interviews for the victim, allows for medical and mental health services to be more quickly and effectively coordinated for the victim and non-offending family members, and ensures that the team has the appropriate information to reach a result in each case that is in the best interest of the child. Our services include a forensic interview, a coordinated MDT response, specialized mental health services and referrals for specialized medical exams, All KCAC services are tailored to each child and family’s clinical, financial, linguistic, and cultural needs.

Referrals for CAC services are coordinated with local law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families.

The Benefits of a CAC

In the past, allegations of child abuse were investigated independently by the various agencies necessarily involved in such cases. The child was subjected to repeated interviews by well-meaning social, legal, medical, mental health, and law enforcement agencies as they tried to address investigative and protective concerns. This process was insensitive to the victim and resulted induplication of effort, working at cross-purposes, and ineffective and delayed responses and intervention. Today, we have Children’s Advocacy Centers that foster collaboration among the agencies and recognize the unique needs of child victims.

CAC Services Include:

Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Approach:

A coordinated, prompt, interagency response to gain knowledge and clarity about the child’s experience

Forensic Interviews:

A single, sensitive and non-leading interview of the child conducted by a specially trained interviewer

Advocacy:

Education, support, information and referrals to assist families through the life of each case

Mental Health Services:

Specialized clinical services tailored to the needs of children and families

Medical Services:

Referral to specialized child abuse pediatric services

For More Information Contact:

Erica Mello, JD, CAC Director and Hartford MDT/MDT-14 Coordinator 860-515-2369    Erica.Mello@Klingberg.com