Granite State Children's Alliance
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) movement was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1985. Today, there are 750 CACs in the United States, with 10 of these centers serving the children of New Hampshire. Founded in 2004, the Granite State Children’s Alliance (GSCA) operates four of New Hampshire’s Child Advocacy Centers, and as the State Chapter of National Children’s Alliance provides technical assistance, training, and organizational resources to the other six.
The role of a Child Advocacy Center is to break the cycle of abuse by offering child and family support services. CAC’s also ensure children have a voice and are not re-victimized when they tell their story; receive appropriate mental health treatment and provide community education and outreach necessary to prevent the onset of sexual abuse. The Child Advocacy Center brings together all pieces of the multi-disciplinary team to one child friendly, neutral location so that one interview can be conducted and all relevant parties are represented and working together from day one.