Services at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County

Prevention Programs

The CAC offers programs to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance child development, and encourage healthy family functioning. Low-income pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers are welcome to contact us to begin working toward building a positive and healthy family life.  CAC prevention programs include:

The Nurse Family Partnership (Lawrence and Mercer Counties)

Specially trained nurses regularly visit young, first-time moms-to-be beginning early in the pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday. The program provides care and support necessary for a healthy pregnancy. Through the partnership, the nurse provides new mothers with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but also to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mother and child.

Parents as Teachers

This comprehensive, evidence-based home-visiting and parent education model program promotes optimal early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. A family development specialist provides services twice a month.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start provides complete evidence-based, early, continuous, and comprehensive child development and family support services. A family development specialist provides weekly services. The program connects families to resources and provides opportunities for socialization while promoting social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of children. This program is one of only two in-home early head start programs in Pennsylvania.

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood

This program assists dads with identifying and overcoming barriers they face in maintaining an active role in their child’s life. Our fatherhood specialist engages dads in the community, promoting strong, healthy family formation and maintenance, responsible fatherhood and parenting, and reentry opportunities for fathers returning from incarceration.


Caring local professionals work together to address the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse to prevent further victimization of children. The CAC partners with the community to ensure safety, healing, and justice. The CAC is committed to providing a child and family friendly facility.

Multidisciplinary Team

The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) is the heart of the CAC’s response to allegations of child abuse. The goal of the MDT is to quickly respond to concerns of child abuse and to determine the best response for the child and family.

Forensic Interview

The forensic interview provides children with a safe place to tell their story to an expert who will listen to them, protect them, and help them heal. This interview typically involves a child speaking with a forensic interviewer while team members observe the interview.

Trauma Informed Outpatient Victim Services

This service provides evidence-based, trauma-focused therapy specializing in compassionately serving victims of abuse. Therapists use trauma-specific interventions and are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 Time-Limited Family Reunification

Offering families home-based, hands-on family education that is family-centered and strengths based, this program provides simple, practical and evidence-based parenting groups. Parents receive case management, coaching, counseling, and a range of intensive support services.

Medical Services

In collaboration with UPMC Jameson, the CAC offers specialized and trauma-informed forensic medical care for children after abuse.

Education, Support and Training

The CAC offers education, support, and training designed to enrich the lives of adults, children, families, and professionals. Participants gain knowledge, understanding, and support in the areas of child abuse awareness, parenting, child development, breastfeeding, and trauma.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
An evidence-based parenting program backed up with 35 years of ongoing research, this group offers simple and practical strategies to help parents build strong, healthy relationships; confidently manage their children’s behavior; and prevent problems from developing.

1,2,3,4 Parents
This program is an interactive workshop for parents/caregivers to learn the fundamental skills necessary for parenting young children focusing on ages 1 to 4 years old.

Mommy and Me
A monthly breastfeeding support group facilitated by a certified lactation consultant.

Child Trauma Workshops and Training
The CAC offers specialty training and skill enhancements designed to help members of the community and working professionals better understand the impact of trauma experienced by children, families, caregivers, and providers who serve them. The CAC provides learning opportunities with the intent of fostering greater understanding of trauma informed care and child traumatic stress.

Parent Café
Parent Café provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with each other about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families. Based on the principles of adult learning and family support, the cafe is a gateway to providing parent leadership opportunities.