Who We Are

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma, Inc. (CACO) was established in 1999 as a voluntary organization serving Child Advocacy Centers (CAC’s) and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT’s) in their efforts to provide services to suspected or confirmed victims of child abuse in a child-friendly environment while coordinating the corresponding investigation.

The combined approach of CAC’s and MDT’s is based on the close cooperation of teams comprised of representatives from the Department of Human Services, law enforcement, prosecution, mental health, the medical community, and child advocacy center personnel. This minimizes trauma to children while addressing their needs and strengthening future prosecutions.

Our Mission

It is our mission to Ensure the Development, Growth, and Continuation of Children’s Advocacy Centers in Oklahoma.

Children’s Advocacy Centers provide a child-friendly environment for the evaluation of child abuse and coordinate the efforts of multidisciplinary teams.

The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) sets standards for accreditation and works to help establish and maintain centers throughout the nation.

Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Account (CAMA) Oklahoma legislation was passed in 2000 to provide stabilizing funding to accredited NCA child advocacy centers. These funds serve as the foundation for communities to develop private/public partnerships that ensure the availability of vital investigative services for victims of abuse.

 

The Functions of a Child Advocacy Center Child

  • Friendly Environment
  • Multidisciplinary Team
  • Organizational Capacity
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Forensic Interviews
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Case Review
  • Case Tracking

History

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma, Inc. (CACO) was established in 1999 as a 501(C) 3. This voluntary organization serves Child Advocacy Centers (CAC’s) and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT’s) in their efforts to provide services to suspected or confirmed victims of child abuse in a child-friendly environment while coordinating the corresponding investigation. The combined approach of CAC’s and MDT’s is based on the close cooperation of teams comprised of representatives from the Department of Human Services, law enforcement, prosecution, mental health, the medical community, and child advocacy center personnel. This minimizes trauma to children while addressing their needs and strengthening future prosecutions.

In calendar year 2014, CAC’s and freestanding MDT’s across the state served over 9,500 children. Of these, about 70 percent were victims of sexual abuse. The remaining children represent physical abuse and/or neglect. These valuable services are available, in great part, through the invaluable funding provided through CAMA. New centers will be added in areas that do not have ready access to center services at this time. Considering this, it is fair to say that as the number of centers increases, the number of children served will increase as well. CACO’s goal is to grow the total number of accredited centers in the state to twenty-nine.