By providing a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to provide more accurate assessment, better intervention, reduced duplication of services, and improved quality of services to children.
By preventing further trauma, gathering information that may be useful in criminal and civil proceedings, and maintaining strong communication and case coordination, we are able to hold more offenders accountable by improving prosecution of child abuse cases.
Because abuse can have lifelong consequences to children’s well-being, our experienced and compassionate team works together to provide evidence-based therapy, medical and victim advocacy for the most effective child-focused outcomes.
From volunteer opportunities and financial support to education and outreach, there are plenty of ways you can help.
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.
We provide services that start the healing process through assessment, treatment, education, and community partnerships.
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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. [...]
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 [...]
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,” [...]
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 [...]
CAC would like to thank SmileMakers, who is graciously donating a steady supply of ”therapy prizes” like stuffed animals and stickers for the children we treat. We will take all the smiles we can get around here!
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee Counties welcomes Suzy Cole as its new Executive Director. Suzy comes to the CAC from private law practice where she focused on civil defense litigation as a shareholder with Collins & Lacy, P.C. In addition to her legal expertise, she brings experience in community service with various Spartanburg organizations, including [...]
CAC would love to go out of business for lack of need. Unfortunately, however, the need for its services is increasing at an alarming rate. In 2011, CAC performed 299 forensic assessments and provided therapy to 168 children. Those numbers jumped in 2012 to 348 forensic assessments and 217 children in therapy. Since January 2013, the CAC [...]
On May 28, 2013, the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) released its study of South Carolina’s response to cases of child sexual abuse. Silent Tears, a South Carolina nonprofit that seeks to give a voice to child abuse, sponsored the study. Researchers spoke with key stakeholders and conducted face-to-face interviews with more than 200 child protection professionals [...]