The Children's Center of the Cumberlands is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), which is a community-based, child-focused facility where children alleged to be victims of abuse or neglect are interviewed, receive medical exams, if necessary, therapy, and other critical services in a non-threatening and child friendly environment. Our facility provides a safe, child-friendly environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals may share information and develop effective, coordinated strategies sensitive to the needs of each unique case and child.
The Children's Center of the Cumberlands was established in Scott County TN in 1999. We have been an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance since 2005. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statues, we ensure that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age, be excluded from, participate in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity we administer. We comply with all HIPPAA regulations.
Why the CAC Model?
By coordinating the response of agencies like law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors’ offices, advocates, mental health and medical professionals CACs help ensure that when a child discloses abuse, they are not re-victimized by the very systems designed to protect them. CACs help coordinate care and investigation from first report to conviction and beyond, while keeping the child at the center of everything the team does.
Unity is strength... When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
- Mattie Stepanek
The Children's Center of the Cumberlands is dedicated to serving children and youth who are victims of severe neglect, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse through prevention, education, and intervention.