Family Advocates provide support for families to help reduce trauma for the child and non-offending family members throughout the entire process of investigation, prosecution, and healing. Clients may receive referrals for therapy, information on Crime Victim’s Rights, assistance in obtaining Crime Victims' Compensation, and navigation and case coordination of other resources and services in their communities to help them in their time of need.
Prior to Child Advocacy Centers, if a child made an outcry of abuse, they may have had to tell their experience to multiple people multiple times in uncomfortable, intimidating settings without a trained professional present. Child Advocacy Centers were created in the early 1990s to provide a safe place for a child to share their experience of abuse one time with a specialty-trained Forensic Interviewer in a non-leading, age-appropriate way. Those parties such as law enforcement and child protective services involved in investigating allegations of abuse may observe the interview in another location, reducing trauma to the child as much as possible while gathering the information they need to determine the best course of action for the child.