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

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 [...]

Thank you SmileMakers!

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!

New Executive Director

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 [...]

Need for CAC Services Skyrocketing

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 [...]

Silent Tears

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 [...]