Following the national, evidence-based Children’s Advocacy Center model, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Bristol County, was created in July 2007, as a private, 501c(3) non-profit agency providing a coordinated response to disclosures and allegations of child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and witness to violence. Populations served include children (ages infant-18) and adults with intellectual disabilities (ages 18+).
Working closely with a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), comprised of law enforcement, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, Bristol County District Attorney’s office, Massachusetts Pedi-SANE program and community-based agencies, the center provides direct services to children and families from any of the 20 towns and cities in Bristol County, Massachusetts. All services are provided free of charge, with the exception of any serology which may be required during a health examination.
In the state of Massachusetts, there are 11 Children’s Advocacy Centers—one in each county. Bristol County was the last agency to be formed in the Commonwealth.