Child Advocacy Center

The One Place Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused facility providing hope and healing to children from birth to age 17 who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, serious neglect, and/or violence. 

Our Approach 

The Child Advocacy Center model provides a powerful child-focused environment where law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and medical and mental health professionals can work together and develop a coordinated strategy to support a child in need. Our approach is based on a nationwide model of child advocacy centers and we are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance

How We Help

Our multidisciplinary team of professionals responds to and investigates reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, serious neglect, or violence. We conduct forensic interviews, provide sensitive medical exams, offer family advocacy, and identify vital resources so children and families can begin to heal and build resilience.  

At a Child Advocacy Center, a child tells their story to a trained interviewer, preventing any re-traumatization from occurring, and providing them with a safe place to heal. Comprehensive medical exams are completed by medical providers rostered as trained child abuse experts through the Child Medical Evaluation Program at UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Pediatrics. Our Child Advocacy Center employs the only two rostered providers in Onslow County.  All of our services are offered in a safe, sensitive, and child-centered environment. 

We also offer resources and referrals to community services to help reduce trauma and improve the lives of children and their families in Onslow County. 

Mental Health

One Place currently employs two mental health practitioners to provide support to children and families receiving services in the Child Advocacy Center. Our providers offer Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as a therapeutic modality. This type of therapy helps children and their non-offending parents or caregivers overcome the trauma caused by the abuse of the child. Research has shown it to be effective in resolving a wide array of emotional and behavioral issues associated with the trauma of abuse or neglect. Access to specialized mental health services is critical for abused children and their families to move forward in the healing process.

Providers work with both the child and non-offending caregiver(s) to address Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scores, learn how these scores impact their physical health, and share resources and tools to help the family reduce symptoms related to their ACE score. TF-CBT can reduce depression and anxiety symptoms and enhance coping skills which facilitates improved emotional well-being, self-esteem, relationships, and personal empowerment. Successful completion of TF-CBT shows an 80% reduction in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.

One Place plans to expand mental health services with additional clinicians and therapeutic modalities as part of the SECU Hope Center project.



Since the opening of our Child Advocacy Center, we have supported more than 3,000 cases of child abuse and neglect in our community. 



Hear from families we’ve helped.

  • Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
    "I was a bit nervous before the appointment. The staff made us feel very comfortable and put our minds at ease."
    Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
  • Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old male
    "Staff goes above and beyond to make you feel safe and comfortable. Thanks."
    Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old male
  • Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
    "The staff made sure to let my daughter know she could say 'no' , that she had the right to say no. That made her feel like she had control and that she was safe."
    Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
  • Non-offending caregiver of a 13-17 year old male
    "They give my children the right to dictate what happens with their own bodies."
    Non-offending caregiver of a 13-17 year old male
  • Female victim
    "I want to say thank you to the Child Advocacy Center and all the people that work there and do an amazing job. When I went there to take my interview, I was anxious and I was not feeling good telling my story, but everything change as soon as I walked there, everything change everyone there is really sweet, amazing and super happy they make me feel super comfortable, good, brave, and ready to tell what happened and be honest. All the people that helped me there are amazing they do an incredible job with me and all the children that they must help. Child Advocacy center is important, it made a huge change on me and it helped me a lot in my life. It is important to for this center to be always present in this type of crimes because the job that this people do is important."  
    Female victim
  • Non-offending caregiver
    "The staff put the child as the priority in all manners. She is very standoffish when in a new environment, but was comfortable here."
    Non-offending caregiver
  • Non-offending caregiver
    "Amazing staff made us all very comfortable."
    Non-offending caregiver
  • Non-offending caregiver
    "I appreciated the care and support my child received."
    Non-offending caregiver
  • Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
    "During one of life’s most traumatic experiences, One Place’s Child Advocacy Center was a haven. They offered my family the support they needed to endure this hardship."
    Non-offending caregiver of a 6-12 year old female


Recognize and Report



In the state of North Carolina, anyone who suspects a child has been abused or neglected is mandated to report it to Child Protective Services. 

If you suspect a child has been abused or neglected, call Onslow County Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Protective Services Intake at (910) 219-1955 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. An after-hours duty worker can be accessed through Onslow County Sheriff’s Office of Communications at (910) 455-9119. DSS investigates parents, legal guardians, and adults living in the same home, and child care center personnel upon request from the NC Division of Development and Early Education (DCDEE). Be prepared to share demographic information about the child and family members. A first-hand account of what has occurred is best, as well as details and quotes.


Have you ever wanted to know how to recognize child abuse and neglect? Check out this self-guided online training from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina: Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment Training





we can end child abuse in Onslow County

It costs $3,326.38 for the case management of one abused or neglected child in Onslow County. Your support helps children and families access the resources they need to heal and thrive. 

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