Northern Michigan is a beautiful place, a wonderful region to live and work. Yet even within our idyllic community, children are being harmed. Sadly, one in ten children are sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Just one incidence of child abuse is too much. It’s everyone’s responsibility to act on behalf of the most vulnerable among us – our community’s children.
The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is a regional response center for the protection and wellbeing of children. Since 2010, the Center has been the first stop for children who are suspected victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a violent crime. Accredited by the National Children’s Alliance, the TBCAC promotes a coordinated response that is compassionate, efficient, and puts the needs of children first.
Considered one of the largest CACs in Michigan, Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is the only nonprofit in the Grand Traverse region involved in the investigation of crimes against children. Located in Traverse City, the TBCAC serves six counties — Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford — and the Sovereign Nation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Through the Center’s comprehensive programming, children have a voice in the investigative process, caregivers are empowered to better protect and nurture their children, and community members are educated to identify and report suspected abuse.