Child Advocacy Center
The SOS Child Advocacy Center (CAC) serves children who have been abused or neglected. The CAC receives referrals from the Department for Child and Family and Law Enforcement only.
The CAC coordinates a collaborative partnership of professionals who are dedicated to providing child-sensitive and compassionate services for the child and the child’s family. Professionals representing child protective services, legal, law enforcement, mental health, medical and other disciplines provide a coordinated team response when a child reports abuse or when there is reason to believe a child has been abused or neglected.
This team approach strives to reduce further trauma to the child and helps the child and family to heal from the emotional wounds associated with abuse. The multidisciplinary approach of the SOS Child Advocacy Center focuses on prevention, detection, investigation, treatment, and prosecution and includes:
• child-centered investigative interviews (forensic interviews)
• multidisciplinary investigations and case management
• information and referral
• education and outreach
• professional in-service training
• child advocacy
In 2007, the SOS Child Advocacy Center received national accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance, with re-accreditation occurring in 2023.
The Child Advocacy Center has locations in Emporia and Burlington.
What is a Children's Advocacy Center?
"Children's Advocacy Centers coordinate the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing multidisciplinary teams of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health."
Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Allyson Vandiver: CAC Director
1420 C of E Drive, Suite 6
Emporia, KS 66801
She was great with me, she explained things very clearly and she called to check on me. That really meant a lot to me at this point with all that me and my (family) have been through.
- SOS Child Advocacy Center Client