What is Child Advocacy?

Child advocacy refers to a group of professionals who speak out regarding the best interests of children. A child advocacy center seeks to protect the rights of children while determining if a crime has occurred. This is conducted in such a way as to reduce the secondary trauma typically associated with this process.

A child advocacy center is made up of law enforcement, child protective services, legal professionals, medical and mental health professionals, and child and family advocates. This multi disciplinary team woks together as one unit to investigate these crimes and to prosecute the individuals responsible. Services provided by The CRICKET Center are always free to the child victim and non-offending family members.

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