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Start a CAC

Starting a Children's Advocacy Center in your Community

INCAC Can Help You Get Started

The following steps are based on the strategic checklist created by the National Children’s Alliance as a guideline for establishing a new advocacy center. It’s worth noting that the process often varies based on the unique restrictions and challenges of each community. Furthermore, some steps may occur simultaneously, as the center nears completion.

  • Establish a committee or task force of key individuals.
  • Select leadership
  • Conduct a needs assessment to determine the extent of the local problem
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Determine service population for the CAC
  • Research various CAC models and select the one that works best for the center in question (INCAC supports the Utah CJC Program Child Interview Curriculum, formerly NICHD Forensic Interview model)
  • Obtain commitments from other agencies and develop an inter-agency policy
  • Create organizational structure
  • Determine which services will be offered on site and through referrals
  • Select future site
  • Establish organizational roles and estimate staffing needs
  • Develop multidisciplinary team protocols
  • Research funding and revenue options

For additional information and support, contact Sonja Howerton, Executive Director of the Idaho Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers or by calling 208-577-4451.

Interested in helping or getting involved?

By donating, you help children across Idaho who may have experienced child abuse.  Contact Sonja Howerton at 208-577-4451 or donate here.

2023 Idaho Child Advocacy Center Statistics

  • Number of Children Served


  • Forensic Interviews


  • Medical Exams


  • Counseling Therapy Provided


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