Who We Serve
The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center serves children and teens as well as their non-offending siblings and caregivers. Clients are referred to the Center exclusively through law enforcement or child protective services. One of more of the following circumstances must have occurred
- A child is suspected of experiencing sexual abuse
- A child is suspected of experiencing physical abuse
- A child is suspected of witnessing a violent crime
Upon receiving a referral, the TBCAC promotes a coordinated multidisciplinary response that is compassionate and puts the needs of the child first. In the neutral setting of the TBCAC, team members collaborate on strategies that aid investigators and prosecutors without causing further harm to the child who has been victimized. This innovative, multidisciplinary approach significantly increases the likelihood of a successful outcome in court and long-term healing for the child.
More than 1,350 children have been referred to the TBCAC since 2010 — 300 children during last year alone. Sadly, the most frequent age of a child seen at the Center is just four years old. The average length of services is 8 months. TBCAC utilizes a dual generation approach to protection and well-being. We encourage all members of the child’s protective network to participate in the recovery process for optimal impact in ending the cycle of abuse and creating a safer community for our children.
You Can Help Others
Anyone concerned about possible child abuse or neglect should report their concerns to the appropriate authorities. Taking the first step to report can change lives. It is the only way that a child will benefit from the comprehensive services offered by the TBCAC. Click HERE to learn more.