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The Children's Advocacy Center of Lafourche strives to provide a child-friendly enviornment where professionals work together as a team to protect victims of physical and sexual abuse while holding offenders accountable

NOT A LUXURY, BUT A NECESSITY
Testifying in court can be an overwhelming experience, especially for children. That’s why lawmakers created a process which allows prosecutors to introduce the testimony of child victims through videotaped interviews, but only when properly performed at a certified Child Advocacy Center. This is why we exist.

 • The CAC of Lafourche conducted its first interview on May 11, 2005


• To date, the CAC has conducted over 2,150 interviews


• The CAC averages over 175 interviews per year

OUR MISSION

 

About Us

CAMILLE A. MORVANT, II CAC PRESIDENT

Make an Impact and Donate today

Unlike public agencies, which use tax dollars to fund their operations, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lafourche exists only because of the generosity of our patrons. Donations are our sole source of revenue. We have been blessed with an outpouring of support from the people and businesses of Lafourche Parish. But as long as predators threaten our children, we will continue to rely on the donations we receive from the public to continue our mission.

The trauma suffered by victims and their families sometimes lingers long after the verdict. That’s why we are in the process of developing a long-term counseling center. Your donations will help us meet our goals which will not only compliment the mission of the CAC, but also give children and their families an aftercare program they need and deserve.

Your contributions will help us do more than keep the CAC doors open. Your donations can help us make this goal a reality. I hope you will consider becoming a sponsor.

$50-$249         Bronze Member

$250-$499       Silver Member

$500-$999       Gold Member

$1000+            Platinum Member

To donate, click the link or contact Shannan Gros at (985) 446-4808 or (985) 637-8336

Contact Us

Shannan Gros

512 West 3rd St

Thibodaux, LA 70301

cacoflafourche@yahoo.com

Phone: (985) 446-4808

Cell: (985) 637-8336

For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

 
 

Since establishing the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lafourche in 2005, we have averaged over 130 forensic interviews per year. These interviews have proven invaluable in prosecuting those who prey upon and abuse our children. The CAC of Lafourche serves not only Lafourche Parish, but Assumption Parish as well. We have even been called on to assist in Terrebonne Parish investigations from time to time.
 

In 2007, the CAC expanded its mission by giving presentations to local schools and officials on issues relating to child safety. These presentations seek to increase public awareness on issues such as online safety, different types of abuse and bullying. Our CAC has been a testament to the good that can be done when the right things are done the right way.
 

As District Attorney, I will continue to vigorously prosecute those who abuse children. Our Child Advocacy Center is vital to that mission. But your contributions will help us do more than keep the CAC doors open. By adding a family counseling center, we hope to minimize the disruption that these types of crimes bring to the families of young victims. Your donations can help us make this goal a reality. I hope you will consider donating to such a worthy cause. Thank you.

What is a CAC?

A Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-friendly place where children who have been the victims of physical or sexual abuse or have witnessed a crime come to talk about what happened. The children are welcomed with open arms and are treated with great kindness to assist in the healing process. Just as important, Child Advocacy Centers play an important role in child abuse investigations. Statements from child victims and witnesses are recorded under the guidance of expert interviewers. These recordings are admissible as evidence against an offender at trial .


WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
The purpose is having one location as a neutral environment for the child to be interviewed one time, while working together with all the other agencies involved in the investigation. After the interviews are conducted, the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meets once a month to discuss the status of each investigation.

 

WHAT IS A MULTIDISIPLINARY TEAM?
A Multi-Disciplinary Team is made up of members from the community, such as law enforcement, child protection, the District Attorney’s office, mental health, doctors and several others. The team meets once a month to discuss and review the status of investigations that are being conducted and it also offers law enforcement and child protection a chance to obtain ideas as to how to proceed with the investigation.

 

WHAT IS A FORENSIC INTERVIEWER?
Forensic interviewers are law enforcement personnel who are specially trained to interview child victims and witnesses. By law, a forensic interviewer must have a specific educational or experiential background, is required to undergo training in the field of the forensic interviewing of children, must maintain membership in an approved national organization and must complete continuing clinical training every two years.

KRISTINE M. RUSSELL,

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

CAC DIRECTOR