The Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center’s mission is to utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to providing a safe, child-friendly and caring place where children are assessed when allegations of child abuse arise.
The CAC offers a safe, child-friendly environment, where a comprehensive and coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child abuse. CAC is one of 14 advocacy centers in the state of Arkansas and has the unique distinction of being the only hospital-based child advocacy centers in the state serving more than 600 clients annually.
In 2012, the CAC was awarded the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance, which is the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers.
CAC provides essential medical and counseling services to Arkansas’ youngest victims of abuse ranging from birth to 18 years of age. CAC also provides education and training to government and non-government agencies regarding child abuse in the communities we serve. CAC utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to reduce trauma placed on children during child abuse investigations, while offering a neutral child-friendly environment. The services are individualized to meet the needs of each specific child and family while still meeting the needs of the multidisciplinary team. We collaborate with agencies in 11 counties including representatives from the Arkansas State Police (Crimes Against Children Division), local law enforcement, Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Division of Children and Family Services, mental health, medical personnel, and other local and/or state agencies. Strong coordination and communication between these disciplines make case investigation less traumatizing for child victims and their families.
Together, We Can Make a Difference
CAC does not charge patients for utilizing any of the center’s numerous services. The advocacy center is an outreach ministry provided by Mercy, a non-profit healthcare system located across Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, and relies on the philanthropic support of community members and friends to provide care and services for the children and their families.
To help the center meet the needs of these vulnerable children, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.