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How does Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center work around Boone County?
An allegation of abuse is made
Law enforcement or the Department of Child Services begins an investigation. They bring all involved children to Sylvia’s CAC.
We conduct a forensic interview
We ask non-leading, neutral fact-finding questions about what happened. The child’s responses are recorded on discreet cameras for use by investigators.
We help with referrals & advocacy
We help non-offending caregivers through the court system, offer mental and medical health referrals, and stand by non-offending caregivers and kids.
Kids begin to heal
Whether a case begins or ends in court, Sylvia’s CAC is “the end of the beginning”. Kids begin to heal. We offer help for the rest of their childhood.
Teams making a difference in kid’s lives
Our team of forensic interviewers and family advocates work closely with law enforcement, caseworkers, medical providers, and prosecutors. We call it a “multidisciplinary team”.
Boone County’s income distribution and growth means we have to overcome serious challenges
Indiana’s fastest-growing county is also its most prosperous. But child abuse, assault, and neglect happens in every neighborhood no matter the population, income, age, race, or family status. We know from cases like Jared Fogle’s that our community has significantly different challenges.