Children's Advocacy Center of Bedford - A Program of Children's Trust

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Christina Ballard, Executive Director Shawna Franklin, Children's Advocacy Center Director
Main Address

1085 Vista Park Drive
Forest, VA 24551
United States

Children's Trust Administrative Office
4519 Brambleton Ave
Suite 110
Roanoke, VA 24018
United States

What We Do
The CAC (Child Advocacy Center) is an interview facility that law enforcement or child protective services use when they believe a child has experienced abuse or may have witnessed a traumatic event. The CAC is a safe, neutral environment—where the child tells about their experience to a trained interviewer who understands child development and to ask questions in a way that does not not re-traumatize the child. The CAC works with an MDT, a team that includes medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals who make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview. The CAC offers referrals for therapy and referrals for forensic medical exams, plus victim advocacy, case management, and other services. This is called the multidisciplinary team (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of CACs.
Interesting Info
  • In FY 20/21: 547 forensic interviews of children were conducted through Children's Trust 4 CAC locations.
  • 100% of the multi-disciplinary team members that collaborate with the CAC reported the forensic interview enhanced their ability to gather information.
  • When appropriate, Elvis, an ADI certified facility dog, is available to sit with children during the forensic interview process.
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