Child Advocacy Center

About Us


 We want to end the abuse suffered by every child victim who walks through our door.



 We place the needs of the child first in an investigation for abuse.


Value Statement


As an agency, as employees, as volunteers and as directors of the Child Advocacy Center’s board, we:


     value integrity, honesty, compassion, respect, and continual self-improvement

     are committed to abused and neglected children, and recognize the significant responsibilities we undertake on their behalf

     consider each child unique and valuable with different needs

     employ ethical, resourceful, creative, and evidence-based means to meet the needs of each child

     believe that educating others about child abuse is an integral part of our challenge.


Staying true to our mission, every decision we consider will be tested by two questions:


     “Is this decision good for kids?”

     “Are we making this decision for the right reasons?”



Prior to 1995, the pain of child abuse didn’t end after the physical act. A verbal battery would follow as young victims had to endure numerous interviews with social, legal, and law enforcement agencies. A child would be repeatedly asked to share the painful details of the abuse in an effort to learn exactly what happened. While well-intentioned, the exhausting process guaranteed further emotional trauma to the young victim. 

In 1995, a small group of concerned professionals and community leaders met to consider a better, more sensitive way to respond to children who had been abused. These individuals pictured a place where hurting children would feel safe talking about difficult, frightening experiences. Out of this concern, the Child Advocacy Center was established.


The CAC now has two locations. Our original center is located in an inviting, older home on historic Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri. In 2011 we added a satellite center on Garfield Avenue in West Plains, Missouri. The satellite center allows us to serve children and families better in south central Missouri. Collectively, both locations cover our 16-county service area and provide the same, coordinated approach to an investigation for abuse.

At the CAC, our staff with law enforcement, Children’s Division, and other investigators form a team that collectively works the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of each child abuse case.



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Child Advocacy Center
1033 E Walnut St
Springfield, MO 65806
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Child Advocacy Center South Central
411 Garfield St.
West Plains, MO 65775
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Burgers and Cheers - April 27
Burgers and Cheers - April 27

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 5-10 p.m.

Ebbets Field
April 27, 2019
5-10 pm

Celebrity Dinner - March 8
Celebrity Dinner - March 8

6th Annual Celebrity Dinner – Friday, March 8, 2019  6:30pm

The annual Celebrity Dinner has become a popular fundraising event for the West Plains area, all to support the Child Advocacy Center South Central. Featuring south central Missouri “celebrities” as event wait staff, live entertainment, and games.

This fun dinner complements the fundraising success of the Think Small-GLOW BIG fundraiser.


The Jersey Mike’s, located at 1903 S. Glenstone Ave in Springfield, has selected the Child Advocacy Center as their charity partner for Day of Giving.   Stop by  Jersey’s Mike’s anytime between 10:00am – 9:00pm for lunch, snack or dinner and know that 100% of the sale will benefit the Child Advocacy Center.

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