Rainbow Connection Child Advocacy and Assessment Center
The Rainbow Connection Child Advocacy and Assessment Center (CAAC) was chartered with the mission to reduce trauma experienced by child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members. We support the efforts of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and law enforcement by conducting forensic medical exams and interviews used in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse allegations. CAAC primarily serves Clayton County children and adolescents upon referral by DFCS, law enforcement, or the District Attorney’s office. In accordance with Federal law we are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Forensic Interviews and Medical Referrals
A forensic interview is an essential component in the investigation of abuse allegations. Forensic interviews are conducted by experienced professionals trained on the Child First curriculum and protocol and are recorded for preservation. Victims of sexual and physical abuse can have medical examinations completed on site at the Advocacy Center.
Therapeutic services are offered to confirmed victims of sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending family members. This includes play therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. Art therapy techniques are also employed as well as a support/educational group for non-offending family members. We also prepare children for the experience of testifying in criminal court in conjunction with the Victim Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney’s Office.
Our Multi-Disciplinary Team unites the many disciplines involved in the protection of children with the goal of effectively investigating and prosecuting child abuse. By bringing law enforcement, DFCS, prosecutors, and medical, mental health and advocacy professionals together, we can ensure that children and their families are fully cared for with services that meet their individual needs.