Child Advocacy Center

The Child Advocacy Center of Onslow County is a child-friendly facility providing hope and healing to children from birth through age 17 who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, serious neglect or who have been exposed to violence.

Our Child Advocacy Center works to reduce the impact of child abuse by simultaneously bringing together law enforcement, child protective services, forensic interviewers, medical and mental health providers, victim advocacy professionals and prosecution into abuse investigations. This multi-disciplinary approach helps children heal from the trauma of abuse while ensuring offenders are held accountable. When a child victim tells their story one time and services are immediately rendered, the healing process can begin.

Having a local Child Advocacy Center in our community reduces the financial and time burdens for families to access these necessary services for their child.

Community

stakeholders

Thanks to our community members who support the work of the Child Advocacy Center.

Onslow County Multidisciplinary Team member agencies

  • District Attorney’s Office, 4th Prosecutorial District
  • Onslow County Department of Social Services
  • Onslow County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jacksonville Police Department
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • Criminal Investigation Division – Camp Lejeune-New River
  • Holly Ridge Police Department
  • North Topsail Beach Police Department
  • Richlands Police Department
  • Surf City Police Department
  • Swansboro Police Department
  • State Bureau of Investigation
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital
  • Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune
  • PEERS Family Development Center
  • Onslow County Guardian ad Litem Program
  • Onslow County Schools
  • Camp Lejeune Dependent Schools
  • Family Advocacy Program Camp Lejeune-New River
  • Behavioral Health Program Camp Lejeune-New River
  • Medical providers
  • Mental health providers
  • Child Advocacy Center of Onslow County

 

The Child Advocacy Center of Onslow County is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, committed to upholding the national standards set forth to best serve children and their caregivers. The Child Advocacy Center of Onslow County is a member in good standing with Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina.

CAC

experiences

  • Caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
    "Everyone was helpful and made us feel comfortable and informed."
    Caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
  • 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."
    Caregiver of a 6-12 year old female
  • Caregiver of a 6-12 year old male
    "Staff goes above and beyond to make you feel safe and comfortable. Thanks."
    Caregiver of a 6-12 year old male

To contact the Child Advocacy Center, please call 910-353-5000.

did you know?

 

In the state of North Carolina, anyone who suspects a child has been abused or neglected is mandated to report 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 Communications at (910) 455-9119. DSS investigates parents, legal guardians, 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.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina offers a free online course on recognizing and responding to suspicions of child maltreatment.

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