Child Advocacy Center
The Child Advocacy Center is please to announce that trauma focused therapy is now available for children at our center.
Child trauma occurs more than you think.
More than two thirds of children reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16. Potentially traumatic events include:
Psychological, physical, or sexual abuse
Community or school violence
Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence
National disasters or terrorism
Commercial sexual exploitation
Sudden or violent loss of a loved one
Refugee or war experiences
Military family-related stressors (e.g., deployment, parental loss or injury)
Physical or sexual assault
Serious accidents or life-threatening illness
Trauma is a risk factor for nearly all behavioral health and substance use disorders. There is hope. Children can and do recover from traumatic events (SMHSA.gov)
For more information,
please call 304-473-0020
and see our referral form:
For additional information, please contact:
The CAC is nationally accredited through the National Children's Alliance. Historically, a lack of agency coordination often resulted in questioning a child victim of abuse and a fractured investigation. The necessity of recounting the details of their abuse to individual agency representatives caused unintentional stress and trauma for the child and often produced relunctance to testify in court against their abuser.
Now at the CAC, a Multiisciplinary Team of law enforcement, prosecution representatives, child protective service workers, child advocates, and medical/mental health professionals work together to obtain facts about the alleged abuse in a more streamlined and efficient approach. The CAC serves Upshur and Lewis Counties.
The CAC provides:
recorded forensic interview,
forensic interviewer on staff,
child advocate on staff,
child safety curriculum in the school system and an adult safety curriculum to interested parties.
trauma focused child therapy
Laura McDaniels, MSW, LSW
Buckhannon, WV, 26201
The Child Advocacy Center is partners with: