Hearts of Hope’s Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a non-profit agency dedicated to lessening the trauma experienced by child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and crisis-related trauma. The CAC’s mission is to put children first, offer services that are inclusive while offering respect, dignity and transparency to our clients. All of our services are provided by staff that are trained in trauma-informed and evidence-based practices. The CAC offers forensic interviews on behalf of law enforcement and DCFS. From there, other services are provided to aid in the healing process such as advocacy, court prep/accompaniment, case coordination and therapy. These services are available in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermillion parishes.
- Counseling for children who have been sexually or severely physically abused
- Advocacy services that include: court accompaniment, assistance with temporary restraining orders, courtroom preparation, intercession, and referrals/resources
- Coordination and tracking efforts with a multidisciplinary team to increase the prosecution of offenders
- Forensic interview services to all child survivors of sexual violence, severe physical abuse and/or witness to violent crimes. These interviews are also available to survivors with mental disabilities, which may include adults
Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers
A safe and child-friendly environment for children who have been abused and their families during the investigative process, the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers is a non-profit organization established for the empowerment, collaboration, and advocacy of Louisiana’s Children’s Advocacy Centers.