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. The coordinated response is immediately following the filing of a 51A. This best-practice process reduces the revictimization of a child, improves the prosecution process and offers the greatest outcome for healing. All services are provided free of charge.
The CAC Approach
Team Review and Case Tracking
Case review and case tracking help ensure that children and families are receiving the support they need to move forward with their recovery. During case review, the MDT reconvenes to share information and support regarding prosecution of the case, available community resources and general advocacy. Collaboration and information sharing are essential to the investigation and prosecution, as well as, service provision to victims of abuse to ensure no child falls through the cracks.
The public at large as well as mandated reporters and any child-serving entity may access our child abuse expertise and knowledge. We will provide information and offer connections to community-based services in order to guide our community towards a journey of healing as a result of childhood abuse or trauma.