In 1995, a group of individuals with various concerns regarding children’s issues realized the need for an organization that could serve as a spokesperson for children. To address this need the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc (RCAC) was created.
Through interagency collaboration, the RCAC program began interviewing child abuse victims in a home setting. This approach was an attempt to lessen the trauma associated with the investigation of child abuse incidents. RCAC also began the process of training quality community volunteers to serve as court appointed special advocates for abused children through the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program. In 2010 the agency implemented the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy program. The goal of this specialized therapy is to address symptoms in children that have resulted from a specific traumatic experience or experiences.
The agency has served it’s Central Louisiana community for over twenty-two years. As our original vision and service area has expanded, we’ve adopted a name that champions the needs of all children throughout Central Louisiana. Through a community wide collaborative effort, the Children’s Advocacy Network was established.