Forensic interviews provided to over x amount of children
Victim advocacy services provided to over x amount of children
All services provided by the Center free of charge.
If you suspect a child is being neglected or abused, please report it.
If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center is an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance.
As an accredited member, we work collaboratively with members of our multidisciplinary teams to streamline the process of finding effective solutions for our child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers.
At Kids Hub, we strive to put the needs of each child first by bringing together all services under one umbrella, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental and/or medical health treatment, as well as victim advocacy.
We work with members of each discipline to conduct interview and make team decisions regarding investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of all child abuse cases in our service area.
Victim Advocates work directly with the non-offending caregiver to refer children and families to appropriate medical and mental health services.
Community Outreach Educator and other staff work directly with community members and local leaders to educate the public on child abuse prevention measures.
County Multidisciplinary Teams work together to prevent child victims from enduring further abuse, while the Community Outreach Educator teaches the community about child abuse prevention measures.
Victim Advocates and members of County Multidisciplinary Teams work together to refer children and families for appropriate services.
The mission of Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center is to respond to child abuse by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to reduce trauma through advocacy, education, prevention, and referrals.
The vision of Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center is to ensure that children are heard, supported, and protected.
What is a Child Advocacy Center?
In 1985, Former Congressman Robert E. "Bud" Cramer (AL), who was then a District Attorney in Madison County, Alabama, saw the need to create a better system to help abused children. The social service and the criminal justice systems, at the time, were not working together in an effective manner that children could trust, adding to the children's emotional distress, and creating a segmented, repetitious, and often frightening experience for the child victims.
The CAC model of a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach, developed through the vision of Former Congressman Cramer and a group of key individuals, pulled together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, and medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team. Thus, the National Children’s Advocacy Center was born!
The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), located in Huntsville, Alabama, revolutionized the United States’ response to child sexual abuse. Since its creation in 1985, the NCAC has served as a model for the 1000+ Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) now operating in the United States, including Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center!
Child Abuse Statistics
According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 7 children experienced child abuse last year. In that same year, the 900 Child Advocacy Centers across the United States served over 371,060 of those children.
OF GIRLS WILL BE SEXUALLY ABUSED BEFORE THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY
OF BOYS WILL BE SEXUALLY ABUSED BEFORE THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY
OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS KNOW THEIR ABUSER
OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS WILL NEVER DISCLOSE
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NEED TO REPORT ABUSE/NEGLECT?
In accordance with Section 43-21-105 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, “Abused child means a child whose parent, guardian or custodian or any person responsible for his care or support, whether legally obligated to do so or not, has caused or allowed to be caused upon said child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, emotional abuse, mental injury, non-accidental physical injury or other maltreatment. Provided, however that physical discipline, including spanking, performed on a child by a parent, guardian or custodian in a reasonable manner shall not be deemed abuse under this section.”
Any person who knows or has reason to suspect abuse or neglect of a child by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person(s) responsible for the child’s care, is required by law to make a report to the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services. See Section 43-21-105 and Section 43-21-353 of the Mississippi Code for more information.
How do I make a report?
Call the Mississippi child abuse hotline at 1-800-222-8000 or make your report online.