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Child Advocacy Center

Child Advocacy Center
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Author(s): Victoria Isaacson (Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, USA)and Samantha Ainsworth (Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 16
Source title: The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Genevieve Lowry (Bank Street College of Education, USA), Lindsey Murphy (Missouri State University, USA)and Cara Smith (Missouri State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch008


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The nature of a visit to a child advocacy center (CAC) following an allegation of child abuse has the potential to be challenging for children and their non-offending caregiver for a variety of reasons. Within a CAC, Certified Child Life Specialists are able to call upon their unique skill set to support children throughout the many elements of a forensic evaluation process. In an effort to reduce anxiety, enhance coping, and provide developmentally appropriate play and education opportunities for children in this setting, child life specialists serve as integral members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT). In their active role, child life specialists are able to collaborate with community MDT members to creatively and effectively support children throughout the forensic evaluation process. The need for child life involvement in CACs and during the investigative forensic evaluation process is highly valuable when reflecting on the benefit and overall experience for children and their families.

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