Protecting Children, Reducing Trauma

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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington (CACWA) is a membership organization that supports the development, growth, and sustainability of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). 

CACWA works with CACs and multidisciplinary partners (MDTs) to facilitate a coordinated response to allegations of child abuse and supports professionals in the field through training, technical assistance, research, funding, and advocacy. 

Our Mission

To promote a collaborative response to child abuse, reach all victims, and reduce trauma by advancing the work and mission of Children's Advocacy Centers. 

Our Vision

Every child has access to a trained team of professionals at a local Children’s Advocacy Center.  


Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-focused, child-friendly facilities where children and their non offending family members feel safe enough to get the help they need to stop abuse and begin the process of healing. 

CACs use a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach that brings together professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, medical, mental health, victim advocacy and other agencies to offer comprehensive services to children and their families.