What is a Children’s Advocacy Center?

A Children’s Advocacy Center is a child focused, facility based program in which representatives from many different disciplines- Law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim’s advocacy- work together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of child abuse cases.

 

Why is a Children's Advocacy Center needed in Lonoke, Prairie, Monroe and Western Phillips Counties?

Many people do not believe that child abuse exists in these counties. However, that is not the case.  It does exist. Since the opening of the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center in 2005, there have been well over 2,500 reported allegations of child abuse.  This includes physical, sexual, emotional or witness to a crime. This number only represents those cases that were reported and interviewed at the Center. Sadly, many cases of child abuse are NEVER reported.

 

Reporting

If you suspect child abuse, call the
Child Abuse Hotline

800-482-5964 or 844-SAVE-A-CHILD