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Building Trauma-Informed Children's Advocacy Centers: Resource Guide

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Date Published
March 2022
21 pages

This Guide contains resources relevant to the development, policy, and practice of a trauma-informed children’s advocacy center (CAC).


The resources are categorized by the following types: publications, web-based,  and assessment tools. The publications include guides, manuals, fact sheets, summary sheets, infographics, and other materials available in printable document format or other formats that enable distribution electronically and as a printable resource. Guides and manuals are longer documents that may require significant time for thorough review and are designed to assist CAC leaders in organizational and systemic change. Web-based resources include webinars, micro-learnings, and self-paced interactive guides on various topics. Webinars are typically 60-90 minutes in length and micro-learnings are web-based videos that typically last 5-7 minutes. Assessment tools are intended to be used in assessing the degree to which an agency, such as a CAC, is trauma-informed across a variety of domains. The assessment tools require a significant amount of time to review, since they include planning for and conducting assessments across multiple domains, review of collected data, and consideration of strategies to improve organizational responses across domains. The Guide as a whole is intended for CAC directors and staff, as well as representatives from partner agencies. To assist in identifying which materials are most applicable to which audience, each resource is categorized by the following disciplines: law enforcement, child protection, medical, mental health, victim advocacy, prosecution, CAC directors, and CAC staff.

Date Published: March 1, 2022