Who We Are

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 its 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.

Our Locations

  • Avoyelles Office
    631 N Main Street Marksville, LA 71351
  • Grant Office
    457 Second Street Colfax, LA 71417
  • Winn Office
    104 South Jones Street Winnfield, LA 71483
  • Rapides Office
    1751 Jackson Street Alexandria, LA 71301
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
    1506 Albert Street Alexandria, LA 71301
  • Catahoula & Concordia Office
    1109 Carter St., Suite 9 Vidalia, La 71373
  • LaSalle Office
    2805C East Oak Street Jena, La
  • 1995

    • The Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center is established.
  • 1996

    • The Court Appointed Special Advocate program is implemented.
  • 1999

    • The Children’s Advocacy Center was the first center in the state to receive accreditation.
  • 2009

    • CASA receives reaccreditation.
    • $100,000 Humana Grant awarded towards the purchase of the CAC Mobile Unit.
  • 2010

    • The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program is established.
    • $100,000 Central Louisiana Community Foundation Award towards the purchase of the CAC Mobile Unit.
  • 2011

    • The CAC Mobile Unit reaches CenLa
    • The CAC receives reaccreditation.
  • 2012

    • The purchase and renovation of 1751 Jackson Street office is completed.
  • 2013

    • The Safe Haven Bill Law passes.
    • Grant Parish MDT is implemented.
  • 2014

    • The Forensic Interview Admissibility Bill passes.
    • Vernon Parish MDT is implemented.
    • The Board of Directors implements a 3-5 year strategic plan.
  • 2015

    • Avoyelles Parish office opens to house CASA program. 
    • The CAC is renovated doubling it’s size. 
    • CASA receives it’s reaccreditation.
  • 2016

    • 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.
  • 2017

    • Children’s Advocacy Network is established.
  • 2018

    • The CAC receives reaccreditation.
    • Child Trafficking Coordinator position added to the CAC. 
  • 2019

    • LaSalle Parish opens office to house the CASA Program.
    • CAN receives Angels in Adoption Award
  • 2020

    • CAN Celebrates 25th Anniversary!
    • Catahoula and Concordia parishes open office to house the CASA program.
    • Child Trafficking Mobile Response Unit reaches CenLa!


Your donation helps strengthen a network for the children of Central Louisiana
empowering them towards a bright and promising future.
We serve over 1000 children annually.
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