Who are we?

The Child Advocacy Center offers a safe, neutral, child-friendly environment for children who are suspected victims of child abuse. A friendly staff member at the Child Advocacy Center greets children and their families.

We offer a safe, neutral, child-friendly environment for children who are suspected victims of child abuse to be interviewed. A friendly staff member at the Child Advocacy Center greets children and their families. A team of investigators including the Department of Human Resources, Law Enforcement and the District Attorney’s office attend the interviews. The child is taken into a private quiet room by a professional Forensic Interviewer from the Child Advocacy Center, where the child is interviewed. This room is designed with hidden cameras so that other team investigators may view the interview through a closed circuit television from another office. This eliminates repetitive interviews for the child, thus reducing the amount of trauma for the child.

We have a licensed child therapist on site for follow-up treatment after the interview takes place. The therapist will provide counseling services for the child victim as long as necessary.

Family Advocacy
Support is offered to the non-offending caregivers in indicated child abuse cases. The family advocate serves as a liaison for the family and all involved investigating agencies. The family advocate also provides assistance in helping the family to utilize community resources. This program is limited to the non-offending caregivers who are supportive of the child victim.
Child Therapy
The Child Advocacy Center has a licensed child therapist on site for follow-up treatment after the interview takes place. The therapist will provide counseling services for the child victim as long as necessary.
Interviewing
The Child Advocacy Center offers a safe, neutral, child-friendly environment for children who are suspected victims of child abuse to be interviewed. A friendly staff at the Child Advocacy Center greets children and their families. A team of investigators including the Department of Human Resources and Law Enforcement attend the interviews.
Forensic Evaluations
This service is provided for the Department of Human Resources as well as the District Attorney’s office. This is an extended forensic interview taking place once a week from six to ten weeks. A licensed child therapist who has completed the forensic assessment training curriculum conducts the forensic assessment. It is a structured program that has been nationally recognized.
Team Reviews
Once a month, the Child Advocacy Center Case Review Team meets at the Child Advocacy Center to discuss the status of all ongoing child abuse cases. Members include: CAC case manager, CAC family advocate, CAC child therapist, investigators from the Department of Human Resources, a supervisor from the Department of Human Resources, the District Attorney, local law enforcement officers, and a medical examiner, when necessary,
Summer Program
This program is offered to children between the ages 8-16. Age appropriate material is presented to cover life skills such as making good choices, anger management, conflict resolution, etc. Different types of arts will be incorporated in this program beginning this year. The program is offered three days a week at the Child Advocacy Center. The child therapist, family advocate, education coordinator, parent educator, education assistant and volunteers conduct this program. This program is offered to children who have been identified as “at-risk” or “high-risk” through the school, DHR or the CAC child therapist. Space is limited.

What Should I Do If I Suspect Abuse?

How Can I Help

We certainly appreciate your interest in helping our agency.  Confidentiality laws prohibit public interaction with clients of the CAC.  However, donations are always needed.   Donations could include:
  1. Monetary gifts
  2. Inexpensive items to be used for birthday gifts for clients
  3. Paper products
  4. Cleaning products
  5. Yard work for agency
If you have any questions about donation items, please call our office at 256-582-8492.

Staff

Meet the staff at Marshall County Child Advocacy Center
Leslie Wright
Leslie Wright

Executive Director,BS

Leslie Wright has been with the CAC since November 1997. She is responsible for the general operation of the Center. She implements policies set forth by the Board of Directors. She assists the Board of Directors with fundraising, budget preparation, and long range planning. Leslie currently serves as Chairperson for the Training Committee. She has also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, and has served as Chairperson for the Standards Committee. She maintains community relations on the behalf of the Center.

    Pam Smith
    Pam Smith

    Administrative Assistant/Case Manager

    Pam Smith has been employed at the CAC since September 2009. Pam is responsible for the coordination of case management. She schedules interviews, therapy appointments, medical appointments, and team meetings. She is responsible for client intake and gathers statistical information for reports.

      Courtney Thompson
      Courtney Thompson

      Child Therapist, LGSW

      Courtney Thompson has been employed by the CAC since May 2014. Courtney is responsible for providing therapy for child victims of abuse. She maintains written records as to the progress of clients and provides information vital for the investigation and prosecution. Courtney also facilitates group therapy in our Summer Program.

        Teresa Whitt
        Teresa Whitt

        Child Therapist, MA

        Teresa Whitt currently works with the CAC part-time. She has worked with the Child Advocacy Center since May 2009. Teresa is responsible for providing therapy for child victims of abuse. She maintains written records as to the progress of clients and provides information vital for the investigation and prosecution.

          Claire Harbison
          Claire Harbison

          Child Therapist, LGSW

          Claire Harbison has been employed by the CAC since February 2016 and currently works part-time. Claire is responsible for providing therapy for child victims of abuse. She maintains written records as to the progress of clients and provides information vital for the investigation and prosecution.

            Flossie Pack
            Flossie Pack

            Parent Educator, BS

            Flossie Pack is a part-time employee of the CAC. Flossie has been employed with the CAC since July 11, 2000. Flossie is responsible for intakes into counseling, assisting with anger management classes, and general office support.

              Address:
              825 Gunter Ave. Guntersville AL 35976
              E-mail: info@marshallcac.org Phone: (256) 582-8492