What is the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)?
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) stress a child-focused multidisciplinary approach to investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases. The CAC that serves the YK Delta is called the Irniamta Ikayurviat “A place to help Children”. Alaska consistently struggles with some of the highest rates of child abuse in the nation. Every day, our Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) strive to support healing for children and to hold offenders accountable. A CAC is a safe place where a child and their protective caregiver can visit to address a concern of serious abuse. At a CAC, they can receive wraparound services from a team of professionals- such as a child-friendly forensic interview, medical evaluation, safety planning by child protection, referrals to behavioral health and other services, investigation of the crime by law enforcement and prosecution, and support with navigating through the overall process.
The Alaska Children’s Alliance created a video to give you an example of what to expect when you go to a Child Advocacy Center. (click the word “video” to view)
Who is Involved?
- Tundra Women’s Coalition
- School social workers and counselors
- Behavioral Health provides from YKHC, Bethel Family Clinic and TWC
- Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
- Office of Children Services
- Alaska State Troopers
- Bethel Police Department
- District Attorney’s Office
- Department of Juvenile Justice
Everyone works together to keep children and families Safe.
Forensic Interviews (Apqauristerluta)
Yup’ik Speaking Staff (Yugtun qanertertarluni)
Assistance with Child Abuse Reporting
Multidisciplinary Team Meetings and Case Reviewing (Ikayurilriit quyurcetuluteng)
Coordination of Medical Exams (Apertualluki yuvriumallerkaatnun)
Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment (Umyugait yuvrirluki, ikayurkaitnek-llu cikirluki)
Support for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse and Parents (Ikayualuki akngircimalriit angayuqait-llu)
Court Preparation and Accompaniment (Qanercetaarvigmun upyulluki maliggluki-llu)
Lodging for children and parents or guardians (Qavarvigluta mikelngumun aulukestaitnun-llu)
Follow-up with families and local service providers (Ilakellriit nalluyagutevkenaki qayagauraqluki ikayurtait-llu)
Presentations when invited out to any one of 56 Yukon/Kuskokwim villages/communities
Irniamta Ikayurviat, Children’s Advocacy Center
Toll Free: 1-888-543-3144