In 2021, 1,820 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States
Nationally, 77% of offenders are a parent to the victim
CACs in Tennessee served more than 22,400 children in 2022
Every child should be safe in his or her own castle.
It begins with a caring community
Communities across the nation are confronting the frightening reality that many of their children are being physically and sexually abused. The trauma associated with this abuse has adverse lifelong implications for every child.
Combating Child Abuse
The Start Of A New Era
Recognizing that the system of child abuse investigation was inherently flawed and citing lack of communication between Social Services Agencies and Law Enforcement Agencies, Child Advocacy Centers became the solution. CACs were introduced and opened in the mid 90s across the country to bridge this gap. The Children’s Advocacy Center of the First Judicial District opened its doors 22 years ago. CAC1st has been providing multiple services to children in Carter, Johnson, Washington and Unicoi Counties in a child friendly environment.