The Suzanne Gresham Center in Muncie is Meridian Health Services' home for children and family treatment. It is also the site of the Child Advocacy Center, a safe and healing environment of children who have experienced abuse.
At the CAC, interviews and investigations of child abuse are conducted with sensitivity and compassion. Each child who comes to the CAC receives support from a multi-disciplinary team which is comprised of individuals who represent:
- Law enforcement
- Legal teams
- Child protective services
- Victim advocates
- Medical care
- Mental health
The multi-disciplinary team is able to pursue reports of child abuse more effectively and efficiently, resulting in higher prosecution rates.
In fact, cases accepted for prosecution have tripled since the CAC opened five years ago, from 27% to almost 80%.
At this time, the CAC is one of only four centers in the state that has received full national accreditation by the National Children's Alliance. It is the only CAC housed within a children's treatment center, providing counseling to aid in recovery.
Child Advocacy Open House
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