Welcome to the website of the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center!

 

What is the Children's Advocacy Center?

Incorporated in 1997, the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is the culmination of our community's volunteers and agency representatives working together to provide child abuse victims with all necessary services in a single location.

Based on a successful national model, our CAC is a collaborative effort of local government and community agencies dedicated to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse.

The CAC works in collaboration with:

  • Lake County Sheriff's Office
  • Sumter County Sheriff's Office
  • Municipal police departments
  • State Attorney's Office
  • Department of Children & Families
  • Guardian Ad Litem program
  • Other community service agencies

 

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center is to provide a child-friendly, community-based facility where a child victim can be safely interviewed, provided with crisis counseling, receive medical exams and long-term specialized therapy, when needed.

The CAC also assists in the coordination of investigations and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child sexual and physical abuse cases.

Our philosophy is in accordance with community directives established by the U.S. Department of Justice for victims' rights and services. Our Center is also a Fully Accredited CAC in good standing with the National Children's Alliance.

 

Our Center

Our primary center is located in Leesburg, Florida, close to the main campus of Leesburg Regional Medical Center for emergency care and follow-up. It is centrally located for law enforcement agencies and the Department of Children and Families, who depend on our thorough and diverse range of quality services. We also operate a satellite office in Wildwood. The office is located in the Sumter County Department of Children and Families Building.