The CAC is a facility-based program to provide forensic interviews and medical exams in a child-friendly setting when there is reason to believe a child has been sexually abused. A children's advocacy center also offers support and information to the non-offending caregiver in order to reduce the trauma experience by the child and family. The facility insures that investigation of abuse occurs in a neutral environment. The CAC brings together a multi-disciplinary team of trained professionals to offer comprehensive services.
The child-focused approach works to prevent further victimization of children and works to protect the child from experiencing trauma created by the protective and legal services. When sexual abuse of a child is suspected, RCPC Stevie's Place provides forensic services. Children from newborn to age 18 who live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the surrounding villages of Interior Alaska may be evaluated. Evaluations may include a forensic interview and/or forensic physical evaluation.
Referrals to Stevie's Place for forensic sexual abuse evaluations are made by a law enforcement agency, Office of Children Services (OCS), Tribal Family & Youth Services (TFYS) or local physicians and mid-level health care providers located in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and within "D" Detachment boundaries of the Alaska State Troopers.
The child comes to Stevie's Place, where in a warm , homelike setting members of the Multidisciplinary Team gather information, begin the investigative process and provide much needed services for the child and support for the family.