About the DCCAC
The Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center (DCCAC) is a welcoming space where children who may be victims of child abuse come to talk with a specially-trained forensic interviewer about their experiences. It’s also a place where their families can get the support and information they need about the investigative process and community resources.
The DCCAC follows a national, research-based, multi-disciplinary model for responding to allegations of child abuse. This model has been shown to reduce the need for children to testify about their abuse in court, increase successful prosecution of child abusers, and make it easier for families to navigate the criminal justice system.
The DCCAC is part of Family Support Line, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
Family Support Line’s focus is on child sexual abuse. We equip adults with tools to keep children safe. We provide professional care for those who have experienced child sexual abuse trauma. We teach therapists and other professionals how to care for their sexually abused clients.
Family Support Line helps children, families, and professionals address the trauma of child sexual abuse.
Our services include:
- Comprehensive prevention programs
- Specialized treatment
- Professional training
Our vision is to advance the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.
At Family Support Line, we believe that:
- A proactive approach that offers family support and child sexual abuse prevention education to children, their parents, other professionals and community members is necessary to stop the abuse from happening in the first place.
- A coordinated system of investigation, prosecution and provision of services best serve the child and family.
- Early intervention and family support are two critical elements in achieving a healthy and full recovery from the trauma of sexual abuse and breaking the cycle of abuse.
- Services to children and their family members should occur in a safe and trusting environment and by professionals trained to deal with this trauma.
- Child sexual abuse affects all members of the family, for this reason, all members of the family need treatment and support regardless of their ability to pay for them.
- Provide treatment services to all members of a family who have experienced sexual abuse creating an environment of support and understanding that leads to a full recovery.
- Ensure high quality, professional service provision to children, families, professionals and community members.
- Develop prevention initiatives that meet the increasing needs of specific constituencies in the area.
- Create communities that support and care about the health and safety of children and families.