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. 

The Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers assists CAC's and developing centers in meeting Idaho Statute, national standards,. and best practices.

Idaho Statute 16-1602(11) defines a Child Advocacy Center, or CAC, as "an organization that adheres to national best practice standards established by the national membership and accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers and that promotes a comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse by maintaining a child-friendly facility at which appropriate services are provided. These services may include forensic interviews, forensic medical examinations, mental health services and other related victim services."

Accredited and Associate Child Advocacy Centers are those centers which have demonstrated their ability to meet, or exceed, national standards, as determined by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCA) . 

The following Centers are members of INCAC: CARES - Boise; CARES - Magic Valley; Bright Tomorrows; Nampa Family Justice Center; and Family Crisis Center.

NOTE: North Idaho CAC and LillyBrooke Family Justice Center are active participants with INCAC.

2018 Map of Accredited, Associate, and Non-Member CACs.

Family Crisis Center

16 E Main Street
Rexburg, Idaho 83440

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

CARES - Boise

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 S.
Nampa, Idaho 85652

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

Other Centers that provide Services

Safe Passages Children's Advocacy Center

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

Phone: 208-664-9303

Official Site

LillyBrooke Family Justice Center

227 S. First Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Phone: 208-265-3586

Official Site

Bear Lake Bright Tomorrows

822 Washington Street
Montpelier, ID 83254

Phone: 208-847-1346

No Website

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center

1050 Memorial Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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

Email: info@cacidaho.org

Office: 208-318-2294


1305 3rd Street South

Nampa, Idaho 83651

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