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In 1995, a group of individuals with various concerns regarding children’s issues realized the need for an organization that could serve as a spokesperson for children. To address this need the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc (RCAC) was created.
Through interagency collaboration, the RCAC program began interviewing child abuse victims in a home setting. This approach was an attempt to lessen the trauma associated with the investigation of child abuse incidents. RCAC also began the process of training quality community volunteers to serve as court appointed special advocates for abused children through the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program. In 2010 the agency implemented the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy program. The goal of this specialized therapy is to address symptoms in children that have resulted from a specific traumatic experience or experiences.
The agency has served it’s Central Louisiana community for over twenty-two years. As our original vision and service area has expanded, we’ve adopted a name that champions the needs of all children throughout Central Louisiana. Through a community wide collaborative effort, the Children’s Advocacy Network was established.
120 W. Mark Street
Marksville, LA 71351
453 2nd Street
Colfax, LA 71417
104 South Jones Street
Winnfield, LA 71483
1751 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
Children’s Advocacy Center
1506 Albert Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
The Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center is established.
The Court Appointed Special Advocate program is implemented.
The Children’s Advocacy Center was the first center in the state to receive accreditation.
CASA receives reaccreditation.
$100,000 Humana Grant awarded towards the purchase of the CAC Mobile Unit.
The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program is established.
$100,000 Central Louisiana Community Foundation Award towards the purchase of the CAC Mobile Unit.
The CAC Mobile Unit reaches CenLa
The CAC receives reaccreditation.
The purchase and renovation of 1751 Jackson Street office is completed.
The Safe Haven Bill Law passes.
Grant Parish MDT is implemented.
The Forensic Interview Admissibility Bill passes.
Vernon Parish MDT is implemented.
The Board of Directors implements a 3-5 year strategic plan.
Avoyelles Parish office opens to house CASA program.
The CAC is renovated doubling it’s size.
CASA receives it’s reaccreditation.
Grant Parish office opens to house CASA program.
Winn Parish office opens to house CASA program.
Rapides Parish Coroner’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner locates onsite.
Children’s Advocacy Network is established.
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