The mission of the Children's Advocacy Center is to heal and give voice to abused children through assessment, treatment, education, and community partnerships.


The Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union opened in 1996 as a nonprofit organization to provide services to children who have been sexually and / or physically abused.

What We Do

We provide services that start the healing process through assessment, treatment, education, and community partnerships.


Resources for parents, caregivers, educators, etc.

News & Events

Healing Through Art on April 23, 2016

Whether you’re searching for that special painting for your living room or just need a fun night out, you don’t want to miss Children’s Advocacy Center’s 2nd annual Healing Through Art: An Evening of Art, Dining and Dancing on April 23rd at The Piedmont Club!  Children don’t always have the words to tell their scary stories [...]

Healing Through Art A Huge Success!

Thanks to the generosity of CAC supporters, the inaugural Healing Through Art: An Evening of Art, Dining and Dancing was hugely successful. The excitement in the packed Piedmont Club ballroom was palpable as partygoers bid on 107 pieces of fantastic art, all produced by talented local artists. From watercolors and oil paintings to sculptures and [...]

Healing Through Art: An Evening of Art, Dining and Dancing on April 25

Join CAC for an evening of art, dining and dancing on April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at The Piedmont Club. CAC will celebrate local artists and highlight the integral role of art in healing from child abuse. The evening will include a silent auction featuring local artists, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music by [...]

Luncheon with Former Miss America a Huge Success!

Former Miss America and incest survivor, Marilyn Van Derbur, wowed a packed ballroom with her heart-wrenching but inspiring story on April 30th. As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CAC hosted Van Derbur, whose father sexually abused her from ages 5 to 18. Van Derbur told of her tumultuous  journey toward healing and happiness. [...]

Spring Luncheon with Marilyn Van Derbur

Please join us at our Spring Luncheon featuring guest speaker Marilyn Van Derbur. Marilyn is a former Miss America and the author of Miss America By Day, which chronicles her journey to becoming a survivor of sexual abuse by her millionaire father. Marilyn Van Derbur was crowned Miss America while a student at the University [...]

Director Suzy Cole Elected to Statewide Board

We are proud to announce the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (“SCNCAC”) elected our Executive Director, Suzy Cole, to its Board of Directors on December 6, 2013. “I am very excited to see Suzy taking a leadership role in the association that oversees and promotes the 17 children’s advocacy centers in the state,” [...]

Marlanda Dekine Shines!

CAC is proud to announce its very own Marlanda Dekine graduated from Spartanburg County Foundation’s 2013 Grassroots Leadership Institute on September 17, 2013. Marlanda was thrilled when the class elected her to speak on its behalf at the ceremony. She delivered an eloquent speech about what the class learned about leadership skills and how to use them to effect [...]