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Sunlight Child Advocacy Center

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About Sunlight Child Advocacy Center

Sunlight Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a comprehensive, culturally competent multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting. These programs provide support and protection for the child and non-offending family members.  Our mission is to provide quality intervention, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse through a coordinated multidisciplinary system dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse.

Multidisciplinary Team Members

  • The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health
  • Prosecution
  • Medical Personnel
  • CAC Coordinator
  • Family Advocate

Services We Provide

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  • Audio and visually recorded interviews in a safe, child-friendly environment.
  • Crisis intervention and emotional support for the victim and their non-offending family members.
  • Referral and follow-up with appropriate services, such as mental health, medical and/or sexual assault exams and victim’s services.
  • Case review and follow-through by a dedicated multidisciplinary team.

All interviews conducted at the CAC will be audio and visually recorded. We record interviews so that an accurate, documented record exists of what the child has reported, thus reducing the need for multiple interviews and to provide evidence to the prosecution, should a case go to trial. This interview is conducted in a child-friendly, safe environment by a specially trained interviewer.

Sunlight Child Advocacy Center is Accredited through the National Children’s Alliance. There are nearly 800 Child Advocacy Centers in the US, and 16 in Kansas. We are part of a network that includes the Kansas Chapter of CACs and the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers. The Child Advocacy Center model works!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does a child come to be interviewed at the Sunlight Child Advocacy Center?

    Children are interviewed only after a referral is made by either law enforcement or DCF.
  • What does it cost to use the services of the Sunlight Child Advocacy Center?

    All services provided are done so free of charge to the victim and their non-offending caregivers.
  • Can a caregiver stay with the child during the interview?

    These interviews are very difficult and sensitive, and children often believe they are in trouble or worry about upsetting their caregivers, therefore it is essential to maintain the child’s privacy during the interview.
  • What happens to the recording of my child's interview?

    All recordings are the property of DCF or the law enforcement agency that is conducting the investigation. The center does retain an archive copy of the interview..

Donations

CAC’s current needs include individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, small and full-sized bottles of water, DVD+R, white CD/DVD sleeves, current G or PG movies, PSP games rated E for everyone, Nintendo DS Lite games rated E for Everyone.