The CAC-LMJC provides services for child abuse victims and their families in a child-friendly environment, which serves as a centralized location for interviewing and examining children who are victims of abuse. All services are provided upon referral from law enforcement, Department of Family and Children’s Services, and the District Attorney’s Office.
Children are interviewed by specially-trained forensic interviewers, and the cases are managed by a coordinated multidisciplinary team comprised of CAC staff, local law enforcement officers, Dept. of Family and Children’s Services, prosecutors, mental health workers, victim advocates, and medical professionals.
The CAC-LMJC multidisciplinary team collaborates to:
The CAC-LMJC’s goal is to offer a child-friendly environment where child victims feel safe sharing their experiences, to ensure that therapeutic services necessary for healing are readily accessible, and to facilitate the prosecution of perpetrators through coordination of services.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Becomes an Affiliate Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit (CAC-LMJC) has recently become the newest Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA Georgia) local council for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit which includes Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties.
In their new additional role as Prevent Child Abuse Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, they will work to expand current programs to bolster child abuse and neglect prevention efforts and awareness in the community. They will also direct local resources that support families into PCA Georgia’s statewide resource helpline, 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373). Parents or caregivers can talk to trained professionals who can help connect them with local supportive programs in Chattooga, Dade, Catoosa, Walker and beyond. Their resources will also be available to search by location through an interactive resource map at www.PCAGeorgiaHelpline.org.
PCA Georgia is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University. PCA Georgia, a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, and provides statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy child development, and develop strong families through its prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs, and advocacy.
“It takes all of us working together along with state and local resources to help children grow into healthy adults,” said Julia Neighbors, Director of PCA Georgia. “We are grateful for our partners across the state who played a role in helping us promote safe, stable nurturing relationships and environments for Georgia’s children.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit looks forward to engaging the community in new ways to strengthen local families and help all children thrive.
To learn more about Children’s Advocacy Center
of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, visit www.caclmjc.com, or for the state chapter Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, visit www.PCAGeorgia.org.
Aleks Jagiella-Litts, Executive Director
Children’s Advocacy Center
of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit