Who We Are

Rainbow House Regional Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a warm and caring atmosphere for sexually abused children and their families to receive coordinated services. These include forensic interviews, counseling, medical exams known as SAFEs (Sexual Abuse Forensic Exams), and team review which takes place when an allegation of child sexual abuse has been made. In this child-focused, child-friendly environment, representatives from many disciplines make decisions about investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases. The CAC adheres to the Child First Doctrine: The child is our first priority. Not the needs of the family, not the story, not the evidence, not the needs of the courts, not the needs of law enforcement, not the needs of children’s services, not the needs of attorneys. The child is our first priority.

The CAC works cooperatively with multidisciplinary “team members” from the counties of Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Macon and Randolph. These teams are made up of investigative personnel from Children’s Division, law enforcement, juvenile office and prosecuting attorney’s offices, each county having their own “team” who work in conjunction with Rainbow House CAC. Mental health providers, hospital staff, school personnel, and other “first responders” are important collaborative agents in sensitively and appropriately responding to child victims. The goal is to put the emotional needs of the child first and making the investigative process as child friendly as possible. 

The CAC is one of four programs under the Rainbow House umbrella. The CAC is a neutral, safe and welcoming place for children and families. The CAC is also the meeting place for the Interagency Council on Abuse and Neglect (ICAN); child fatality reviews, Emergency Room Protocol meetings and is available to team members if a meeting place is needed for those in a specific discipline. Rainbow House Regional CAC is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and was one of the first CAC’s to open in the State of Missouri. There are 15 Child Advocacy Centers throughout the State.

In FY 2013, 396 children received forensic interviews at the CAC. 
Of the children receiving services:
117 were male
279 female
48 were African American
299 were Caucasian
49 were Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Bi-racial
129 were 0-6 years
166 were 7-12 years
101 were 13-18 years

In FY 2013, 33 children received SAFE Exams at the CAC. 
Of the children receiving services:
7 were male
26 female
2 were African American
28 were Caucasian
3 were Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Bi-racial
13 were 0-6 years
18 were 7-12 years
2 were 13-18 years