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Child Advocacy Center (CAC)

Childhaven operates two nationally accredited Child Advocacy Centers, one at our facility on 406 Airport Drive in Farmington, NM and another at our satellite facility on 1415 Elva Drive in Gallup, NM. Childhaven provides forensic interviews to child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or exploitation as well as witnesses to violent crimes. Interviews are recorded to decrease the need for multiple interviews, thereby decreasing the traumatic effect on the child. Furthermore, advocacy services are provided to all child and non-offending caregivers. Advocates assure that the medical, mental health and victim support aspects of each family are addressed regularly throughout civil and criminal proceedings.

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) utilizes a comprehensive, culturally competent, and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach to investigations of child abuse in a dedicated and child-friendly setting. Childhaven’s CAC and its satellite center in Gallup (The Hummingbird CAC) received accreditation by the National Children's Alliance (NCA) in 1999 and 2016, respectively. As such, both CAC’s follow the industry’s standards of “Best Practice.”