In 2005, the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lafourche was established. The center has averaged over 130 forensic interviews per year. These interviews have proven invaluable in prosecuting those who prey upon and abuse children. The CAC serves not only Lafourche Parish, but Assumption Parish as well. We have also extended our services to Terrebonne Parish.
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, bullying, and various types of abuse. The CAC of Lafourche has been a vital component in building a safe, committed, and trustworthy community.
What is a Children's Advocacy Center?
A Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-friendly place where adolescent victims or witnesses of physical or sexual abuse elaborate on their experience. Children are welcomed with open arms and are treated with kindness and respect to assist in the healing process. The Children's Advocacy Center contributes 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.
The purpose of the CAC of Lafourche is to establish one location as a neutral environment for the child to be interviewed one time while working 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.
Meet the Team
Camille Morvant, II