in responding to sexual abuse

The Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center provides a victim-focused response to abuse so children and families are able to heal.

We coordinate investigations with law enforcement, child protection agencies, prosecutors, mental health and medical professionals, and victim advocates to work together when investigating allegations of child sexual abuse in Delaware County.

The Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center is a program of Family Support Line, an organization dedicated to preventing and treating child sexual abuse in Delaware County for over 25 years.

News & Events

August 29, 2016

Delco Children’s Advocacy Center Wins Praise!

Surrounded by staff, supporters, MDIT members, and community leaders we unveiled our full accreditation plaque from the National Children’s Alliance. We are so proud of this accomplishment. Many worked hard to make this service available for our children. Please read more about the unveiling via the Daily Times piece here. If you would like to help victims of abuse, our center has naming rights. A simple […]
August 29, 2016

Look Who Is In The Red!

Look Who Is In the Red…. Congratulations Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center(DCCAC) -a National Children’s Alliance Fully-Accredited CAC! Thank you FSL/DCCAC Staff and our Board for years of hard work. We are giving children in Delco a safe place to tell their story. Since opening in April 2015, we have serviced over 450 children. We continue to be inspired by the strength of the children who […]
August 29, 2016

Interrogating Sex Offenders: The Dynamics of The Interview

Today, the Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center welcomed Jerry O’Callaghan a Special Agent with the FBI who led a training “Interrogating Sex Offenders: The Dynamics of The Interview” to 40 professionals from law enforcement, district attorney’s office and children and youth services in Delaware County. The attendees gained a comprehensive understanding of the tactical procedures to implement during interviews with sex offenders. Jerry O’Callaghan has been […]

The Community Connection Blog

April 3, 2017

How do counselors cope with the pain experienced by sexually traumatized children?

I don’t know how you do it! I’ve been hearing variations on that sentence ever since I began working with children who have been sexually abused.  The people making the statement are usually thinking about how they would feel if they spent their days hearing the graphic details of sexually abusive incidents and witnessing how sexual abuse often continues to affect children and families long after […]
March 13, 2017

What is the process for a child forensic interview?

The forensic interview is a structured model delivered in phases: Rapport and Narrative Practice, Guidelines, Substantive Phase, Alternative Hypothesis and Closing. Demeanor and presentation may change, but the structure is always the same. During the Rapport and Narrative Practice phase, we are trying to assess the child’s communications style, ability to participate in the interview, and ability to recall. We are also setting the child’s expectations […]
February 20, 2017

How a Family Advocate Supports Victims of Abuse on Their Journey Through the Criminal Justice System

As a family advocate, one of the many services I provide is court accompaniment. Once a victim has completed the forensic interview, court proceedings may follow if there is an open criminal investigation. The process of moving through the criminal justice system sometimes requires patience. Victims who have never been involved with the judicial system can find it extremely confusing and perhaps intimidating. Court advocates are […]