Childhaven operates two nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), one in Farmington and another at our satellite facility in Gallup, where our Forensic Interviewers and Family Advocates act as first responders for children who are in distress and in need of a forensic interview. Children who are involved in a criminal investigation – because they have witnessed or been victims of violent or sexual crimes – are brought to our CACs where our trained staff conduct a developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed interview. This interview is recorded for and distributed to involved law enforcement agencies so the child doesn’t have to repeat the horrific events they have experienced and can move on to healing through therapy, case management and other behavioral health services that they and their families can access with help from our family advocates.
Childhaven served as the first point of contact for over 400 child abuse cases in 2018, assisting other community agencies in the process. Services provided by our CACs are:
Check out the video below to learn more about the CAC model.
Call 1-855-333-7233 or #SAFE from your cell phone to report child abuse and neglect in New Mexico. If a child you know is in immediate danger, dial 911.