One of the blessings of living in this community is that we have a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) that provides a neutral, child-friendly center for investigations of alleged child abuse. It brings together law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocates, medical and mental health to conduct one interview — reducing the stress for a child and providing comfort and security, while increasing rates of prosecution.
Meridian Services’ CAC is also the only nationally accredited center in Indiana that is housed within a behavioral health center adding a greater benefit to children and families because of the integration of counseling to help them thrive and end the cycle of abuse.
Since 2006 when Meridian helped spearhead the development of the area’s only CAC, the rate of abuse cases accepted for prosecution has nearly tripled in just the first 5 years after its inception; from 27% to nearly 80%.
But it’s not enough. Won’t you help stop the abuse by helping fund the Child Advocacy Center.
End the suffering.
Heal the victims.
And find justice.
Help increase that number with a gift today. Click here to donate online.
Don’t be silent. Protect our kids. It’s on all of us. Call (800) 800-5556 for the Child Abuse Hotline.
What is the Child Advocacy Center?
The Meridian Services Child Advocacy Center, located in the Suzanne Gresham Center, offers interviews and investigations of children who have experienced abuse. The environment was designed with the child’s comfort and well-being as a top priority. The CAC allows the community law enforcement and legal teams to pursue reports of child abuse more effectively. Most importantly, the CAC at the Gresham Center is a caring and healing environment for a victim of child abuse.