On October 14, The Children’s Advocacy Center celebrating 10 years of serving victims and their families at our 10th Anniversary Gala. The event was held just outside of the CAC on the grounds of the Masonic Home. Sparkling lights overhead, relaxing music by Them Kool Kats and delicious food from Badaro Catering created a wonderful atmosphere for the 170 guests who attended. The Board President Maria Griglio announced our new therapy dog program to further reduce trauma for children through a partnership with The Pet Prescription TEAM. Malinda Wheeler, RN, Director of Forensic Nurse Specialist, Inc. was honored for her tremendous dedication to help the youngest crime victims. There were almost 50 silent auction items as well as exciting live auction items which all raised money to support the programs to minimize trauma to children who have been abused. Throughout the evening, people were able to tour the CAC. We especially wish to thank our sponsors: The Honorable Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, The Honorable Supervisor Don Knabe, ALADS, Forensic Nurse Specialist, Inc., The Grace Group, Plasticolor, Inc., Teri Antti, Kathy Cady, Maria Griglio, John and Billie Maguire, John Pomroy, Ralph J and Holly Shapira, and Katherine Wetherbee as well as Batch Brownies, Jane Hare, Jennifer Rivera and Grace Sanchez Hagen who assisted in underwriting the cost of the event
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the CAC is to be a center of excellence that services child victims of sexual and physical abuse. The assessment and treatment services will be provided in a supportive environment with the best professional standards that optimize positive outcomes and reduce trauma.
- That all children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse have advocates and resources provided to them.
- That all law enforcement agencies in our geographical service area use the Children’s Advocacy Center.
- That all involved agencies harmoniously work together for the sake of the children we serve.
- To see the justice system recognize an increase in successful prosecution of physical and sexual child abuse cases.
- To see a reduction in the placement of children by child protection agencies from their homes because of a reduction of abuse in our community.
The overall goal of the center is to ensure that children are not victimized again by the very system designed to protect them by offering:
- Child appropriate/child friendly facility
- A multidisciplinary team
- Organizational capacity
- Cultural competency and diversity
- Medical intervention
- Forensic interviews
- Therapeutic intervention
- Victim support and advocacy
- Case review, tracking and high standards of care
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Who We Are
The Children’s Advocacy Center is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the East San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley in Los Angeles County in the assessment and treatment of child abuse. The Center is conveniently located in Covina, CA, near our child protection, medical, district attorneys, law enforcement and mental health partners.
The CAC uniquely provides video and audio recorded child forensic interviews, professional case management and follow-up for counseling and other services, and coordination / case review with the forensic medical evaluation, law enforcement and prosecution team members.
By providing these services to children, they can much more quickly return to normal lives, the joys of childhood and the promise of a full, successful life — free of abuse. Additionally, the video and audio taped interviews elicit valuable information which has dramatically increased the plea-bargained convictions of perpetrators of these horrific crimes, releasing the child from the further trauma of court testimony.