Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a timely coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse.

About Us

In 1985, Former Congressman Robert E. "Bud" Cramer (AL), who was then a District Attorney, organized an effort 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 the children could trust. This common problem added to the children's emotional distress, and created a segmented, repetitious, and often frightening experience for the child victims.

The child advocacy center model developed through Former Congressman Cramer's vision pulls together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective service, medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team.

In 2002, the same disciplines came together and decided that Knox County needed a better way to handle child sexual abuse cases, so the Knox County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) was established. Since that time, services have expanded to include child victims of serious physical injury, drug endangered, witnesses to domestic violence and violent crimes. Initially, the CAC provided services for six counties, but currently provides services to child victims in Knox, Warren, and Henderson counties. In 2011, a satellite office opened in Warren County, to make services more accessible to Warren and Henderson County residents.

In 2013, Paladin Children's Center name was added to broaden our scope in Warren and Henderson Counties.  Both names are used as we work with children in all three counties.

 
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