What is a Child Advocacy Center?

When police or child protective services believe a child is being abused, the child may be brought to a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) —a safe, child-focused environment—by a caregiver or other “safe” adult.  A Child Advocacy Center is a place where a child can tell their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not not re-traumatize the child.  Idaho CACs currently use the NICHD model of forensic interviewing.  Then, a team that may include medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview.  CACs may offer therapy and medical exams, plus courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and other services. 

Accredited Centers


St. Luke’s Boise
416 South 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-577-4460
Fax: 208-577-4469
Official Site

Nampa Family Justice Center

1305 3rd Street South
Nampa, ID 83651

Phone: 208-475-5700
Fax: 208-475-5710
Official Site

CARES Magic Valley

St. Luke’s Magic Valley
2550 Addison Avenue E, Suite G
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Phone: 208-814-7750
Fax: 208-814-7759
Official Site

Bright Tomorrows

Child Advocacy Center
409 Washington Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83201

Phone: 208-234-2646
Fax: 208-232-0035
Official Site

Developing Centers

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center

1050 Memorial Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Phone: 208-529-4352
Fax: 208-535-9096
Official Site

Bear Lake Bright Tomorrows

822 Washington Street
Montpelier, ID 83254

Phone: 208-847-1324
Fax: 208-847-1346

No Website

The North Idaho Children's Advocacy Center

850 N. 4th Street
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-664-9303

Official Site

Family Crisis Center

16 E Main Street
Rexburg, ID 83440

Phone: 208-356-0065
Fax: 208-356-0717
Official Site

Email: info@cacidaho.org

Office: 208-318-2294


1305 3rd Street South

Nampa, Idaho 83651

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