The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC) is a volunteer driven 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to raise funds to complete construction of the child friendly facility by continuing to develop community awareness and to support a coordinated response to child abuse.
Formed in 2003 by a group of individuals in the Mommouth County community, the Friends sought to raise the funds needed to build a full service Child Advocacy Center in Monmouth County. The County donated land on Kozloski Road in Freehold, NJ and the project was begun. A Child Advocacy Center (CAC) offers an integrated, multidisciplinary, child-friendly approach to the investigation and treatment of sexual and physical abuse of children.
Phase One of the Capital Campaign was completed in June 2009 and since then the MCCAC has served more than 400 cases of child abuse each year. The Friends is now embarking on a final effort to complete the project. $1.8 million is needed to expand the facility to include a medical suite, therapy rooms and additional office space.
What are the Benefits of a CAC?
The main benefit of a CAC is that with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach children heal from abuse while holding offenders accountable. A child advocacy center provides intervention services to prevent abuse and keep children safe. While the multidisciplinary team contributes to effective investigation, disposition and treatment of child abuse. Two important goals of the MDT are to reduce the number of interviews of a child regarding abuse and to insure prompt delivery of necessary services.
Children currently find the necessary services at the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (MCCAC).
There are economic benefits to having the MCCAC as well. Cases served by a full multidisciplinary team are 36% less costly than non-CAC cases. The cost per case per 1,000 children is approximately 41% lower in CAC communities.
Who Makes Up the Multidisciplinary Team?
The core group of disciplines that make up an (MDT): Law enforcement, Child Protective Services (DCP&P), prosecution, medical, mental health professionals, and victim advocates.
Through this approach, facts about the case are gathered efficiently, team members can share information, and thus communication is improved. The MDT approach improves timely evidence gathering, and with the prosecutor involved early on in cases, more successful prosecution outcomes are realized.
For the children and their families the collaboration encourages coordinated intervention, reducing additional trauma for the innocent victims while improving services.