An All-in-One Approach
The UCCAC handles more than 1,000 cases per year, and more than 400 families come here to see us each year. Children are being trafficked and abused here, but we can’t let that be the end of the story. That’s why we’re here.
Advocacy & Victim Services
The CAC Family Advocate assists the non-offending parent or caretaker with services needed to maintain a safe and stable environment for their child. In addition, the Family Advocate provides emotional support to the caregiver as well as parenting information helpful to caregivers in meeting the needs of an abused child.
The Victim Services Coordinator assists the child and the non-offending family members by providing support and locating resources. The Service Coordinator establishes a relationship with each family and facilitates the linkage with other community resources based on a family’s individual need. The Advocate will also educate and assist children and families throughout the judicial process.
Community Education & Prevention
The UCCAC offers various trainings about childhood abuse to the community. This includes church groups, schools, civic groups and organizations, businesses and other nonprofits. The CAC staff are trained in prevention programs such as Darkness to Light.
Child Forensic interviews are conducted in a legally sound, neutral, fact-finding manner and are coordinated to avoid multiple interviews. The interview is conducted in a safe environment by trained CAC staff, is observed by a detective and a Child Protective Services worker, and is recorded onto DVD.
MDT Management Services
The UCCAC provides data management services for all multidisciplinary team members with regards to the over 1,000 cases our center receives per year. Organizational tasks include meeting schedules, preparing agendas and collecting data that is reported annually to the Tennessee state legislature.
CAC Therapists are licensed mental health service providers who have very specialized training in working with child abuse victims. They provide direct assessment and individual counseling. Clinicians are specially trained to deal with the intricate problems relating to child victimization.
The UCCAC hosts a medical clinic where a pediatric nurse practitioner with specialized training in child abuse examines children on site, eliminating long waits in the emergency room. Children are examined by appointment and after hours for emergencies.
Each year, UCCAC provides an array of services to more than 1,000 children, including:
Child Abuse Hotline
Tennessee Code Annotated: §37-1-403. All persons (including doctors, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members, and friends) must report suspected child abuse or neglect. Failure to report child abuse or neglect is a violation of the law.