Child Abuse Prevention/Personal Safety Education/Outreach, a highly interactive research based program for children K-4,that not only educates but empowers them with skills to protect themselves, to develop support systems, and to recognize, resist, and report abuse.
Advocacy is utilized to assist families with navigating the difficult challenges that come with the disclosure and attending to the needs that abused children are facing. Family advocates assess needs to link and obtain services for the child and family such as mental health, medical, legal, as well as basic needs.
In 1989 the WNC Regional Child Abuse Center began serving the children, and their families, of Buncombe County that had
experienced neglect or/and abuse. It was a multiagency effort with the mission of reducing the incidence of child abuse
and providing a home like setting in which abused children could receive a forensic interview and medical exam in a child
friendly and trauma informed setting. Over the years, the agency has undone changes in name, mission and programs; first
as WNC Child Advocacy and Prevention and then in 2004 to Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc.
In 2016, CAPS transformed again as it develops into an accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and take its place as the
cornerstone agency in providing education, prevention, advocacy and intervention services for abused children in
Buncombe County. Today, the Mountain Child Advocacy Center (MCAC) functions as the hub for services provided to
children and families experiencing abuse and neglect.
Housed in the Mission Children's Hospital, MCAC works together with the Child Safety Team (CST) to provide the full array of CAC services to Buncombe County. The CST provides Forensic Interviews and has two board certified Child Abuse Pediatricians to provide Child Medical Exams. MCAC also provides service at the newly formed Family Justice Center of Buncombe County. Working side by side with numerous community partners to provide the safest and most responsive community possible.
Mountain Child Advocacy Center is setting the standard for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Each year we teach over 9,000 children in Buncombe County how to protect themselves with highly interactive, research based classes that educate and empower kids. When abuse does occur, we provide immediate access to free, evidenced based therapies that help children heal.
Crisis Intervention/Counseling for children and families who have experienced abuse with immediate access to evidenced based therapies such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT).