For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Bays
775.321.4304 (o); 775.771.6049 (c)
The Washoe County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has launched a new website to provide the public with a resource for additional information about the Center. The CAC site is within the official Washoe County District Attorney’s Office website and can be accessed directly by visiting,
The mission of the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center is to ensure the health and safety of the child in a child-friendly environment for the purpose of minimizing trauma, providing advocacy, and supporting effective investigations and prosecutions. The CAC, through a coordinated Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach, provides direct services to child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers. Since opening in 2014, over 1000 forensic interviews of children victims have taken place at the CAC and successful prosecutions of these difficult cases have increased dramatically.
The CAC website was developed to provide more information on the CAC’s mission and its role as a community resource. The CAC team provides a number of services to children and young adults who have been victims of child abuse. Nevada law requires suspected abuse and neglect to first be reported to the proper law enforcement agency or the Washoe County Department of Social Services. Once reported, the below CAC resources become available to victims and their families.
WASHOE COUNTY CAC SERVICES
- Forensic Interviews*
- Medical Evaluations
- Advocacy and Support
- Court Support
- Case Coordination
- Mental Health Services
The CAC also provides community education and professional development training in the areas of child abuse.
CAC Partnering Agencies
Washoe County District Attorney’s Office
Reno Police Department
Sparks Police Department
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
Washoe County Social Services
Washoe County School District Police
University of Nevada-Reno Police
Child Advocacy Medical Unit
Child Advocacy Therapy Unit
*The Washoe County CAC provides interviewing and medical evaluations of children, not needing emergency medical care, under the age of 18, who are alleged to have been victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse, violent crimes including being a witness to domestic violence, homicide, robbery, kidnapping or attempted kidnapping.
For more information on the CAC and its website please email: CACInfo@washoecounty.us