A Message from our Board President
The Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ANCAC), is a membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, while ensuring that the needs of child victims are met first. A children’s advocacy center, or “CAC,” is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, and victim advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases. CACs also offer community-wide educational programs and provide training for professionals who work with children.
The Alabama Network is currently comprised of 29 centers. Each one provides a multidisciplinary team response to child maltreatment. Our mission is to promote the multidisciplinary process in fostering an abuse-free society for Alabama’s children and to support the development of the Child Advocacy Center Model through public awareness, training and networking. Goals of ANCAC are to continue to train professionals across the state in the CAC Model, to continue following and speaking out on legislative issues involving children, to be proactive in initiating both prevention and intervention programs for abused and “at risk” children, and to maintain a strong public campaign for the protection of children.
ANCAC strongly believes that the combined professional knowledge and skill of the multidisciplinary team approach results in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child and family-focused system response possible.
ANCAC is committted to the protection of Alabama's children.
Kim Bevis, M.S.W.
Board President, 2012-2013