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, encourage healthy family functioning, promote healthy and positive parenting, and support mothers, fathers, and grandparents. CAC prevention programs include:

Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a complete evidence-based, early, continuous, and comprehensive child development and family support service. 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.

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 nurses provide care and support needed for a healthy pregnancy. Through the partnership, the nurses provide 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.

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood

Our Next Level Fatherhood program train fathers to be involved, responsible, and committed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We equip fathers with the self-awareness, compassion, and sense of responsibility that every good parent needs. The program focuses on building the man first and the father second.


Caring local professionals work together to address the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases to prevent further victimization of children. The CAC partners with the community to ensure safety, healing, and justice, supporting families through recovery, education, reunification, and outreach. The CAC is committed to providing a child and family friendly facility. CAC intervention programs include:

Child Death and Near Fatality Team Coordination

A fatality or near fatality of a child under suspicious circumstances often impacts the wider community, with everyone left wondering what could have been done differently to prevent the untimely death of a child. By working with community partners, the CAC helps the community better understand what led to the death or near fatality to help initiate a discussion on how partner agencies and systems in Lawrence County can help prevent similar outcomes in the future.

Family Recovery

This program provides recovery support services through lived experiences, helping families move into and through recovery. The recovery journey is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle that involves the pursuit of spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being that is often supported by others. The program offers whole family parenting support.

Family Reunification

Family reunification provides families with both office and home-based hands-on family education that is family-centered and strengths-based. The program serves parents both in individual and group settings while providing simple, practical, and evidence-based parenting groups. Parents receive case management, coaching, counseling and a range of intensive support services.

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.

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.

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).

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 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, safe sleep, and trauma.

1,2,3,4 Parents

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

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.

Cribs for Kids Partner

The CAC is a partner with Cribs for Kids, providing cribs and educational materials to families throughout Lawrence County on preventing accidental suffocation and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Infant Massage

Infant massage is a way to gently nurture and spend time with your baby. The interaction helps the baby relax and sleep while reducing stress. CAC nurses work with moms to educate them on infant massage. Our team of trained nurses encourages interaction between moms and their babies.

Mommy and Me Breastfeeding Support Group

The CAC, in collaboration with UPMC Horizon, is committed to helping give babies the best possible start in life. This support group helps new parents and their babies learn from others about their successes and challenges with breastfeeding.

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.

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children

Child abuse prevention starts with adults. Stewards of Children is a two-hour workshop designed to teach all adults specific ways to protect children from sexual abuse. It includes survivor stories, expert guidance, and group discussion to teach adults five practical, applicable steps for protecting children.

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.

Community Engagement, Outreach, Support, and Action

Through the generosity of community partners, the CAC offers food, nutrition, and toy distribution to children and families in Lawrence County.

Food/Nutrition Distribution

Our food distribution program strengthens the nutrition safety net through the monthly distribution of foods and other nutrition assistance to children and low-income families in Lawrence County. The program serves approximately 20 families.

Great Childhood Campaign

During the months of April, May, and June, the CAC leads a conversation about how we can make great childhoods possible for every child. We believe the experiences in childhood shape our lives for the long term. During the campaign, we promote through community outreach, engagement, and action the importance of investing in great childhoods that provide safe, stable, and nurturing environments for children.

Adopt a Family

The CAC, through the support of UPMC Jameson employees and other community organizations, provides gifts to less fortunate families during the holiday season. Each year, this project serves more than 100 people.

Give Thanks Day

The CAC and its community partners provide nutritious meals that promote health and happiness each Thanksgiving. Annually, the CAC provides Thanksgiving meal baskets to over 100 families.